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Choline

Choline is similar to the B vitamins. It can be made in the liver. It is also found in foods such as liver, muscle meats, fish, nuts, beans, peas, spinach, wheat germ and eggs. Choline is used for liver disease, including chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis.


Choline – Bipolar Disorder: Choline is one of the active ingredients in lecithin. It is needed by the brain for processes related to memory, learning, and mental alertness as well as for the manufacture of cell membranes.  It may be helpful if you suffer from bipolar disorder. Choline benefits brain health, supporting mood and memory. 

Some studies of lecithin-use by people with bipolar disorder indicate that it can stabilize mood, while others indicate that it tends to depress mood (and might therefore be more useful to a person who is manic or hypomanic). It does not appear to cause harm, and there are some logical reasons to think it might help - especially for patients who also have seizures. Lecithin capsules are available, but many people prefer the soft lecithin granules. These are a nice addition to fruit juice smoothies, adding a thicker texture. Lecithin is oil-based, and it gets rancid easily. It should be refrigerated.
 
There is no recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for lecithin, but most doctors suggest two tablespoons of lecithin granules be sprinkled on food each day (yogurt, soups, cereal, etc.). Available online from www.revital.co.uk.
Health Warning: Excessive doses of lecithin can cause dizziness, nausea, and vomiting, so don’t take mega doses of this supplement without first consulting your doctor.
 

Always seek professional medical advice before taking herbal medications
     

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