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Health Benefits of Choline Bitartrate

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author image Robert Shifko
Robert Shifko has more than 17 years' experience in the health care industry. Throughout his career, he has gained experience in pharmacologic research, clinical nuclear medicine, and most recently radiation health physics. He has obtained several certifications in nuclear medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics and as a medical radiation safety officer. He has always supported LIVESTRONG.
Health Benefits of Choline Bitartrate
Choline bitartrate may help against Alzheimer's disease. Photo Credit semnic/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Choline bitartrate is a dietary supplement that is generally used to increase choline in your body. Choline is an essential nutrient to maintain optimum health. Supplements such as choline bitartrate can be taken, or consumption of certain foods such as eggs, Brussel sprouts, broccoli and shrimp may be consumed to add choline to your diet. The choline bitartrate supplement may offer a variety of health benefits.

Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia

The addition of choline to your diet may slow progression and offer prevention against Alzheimer's disease. According to the "Journal of the Neurological Sciences," a study was performed to measure the choline activity of different lobes of the brain in autopsy samples. The study revealed a significant decrease in choline levels in the temporal lobe of individuals with Alzheimer's disease. Conversely, no decrease in choline was seen in individuals with a cerebrovascular cause for their dementia. These results suggest that by increasing choline concentrations, Alzheimer's disease progression may be slowed or prevented.

Cancer Prevention

Increasing your daily dietary intake of choline may offer prevention against some forms of cancer. According to "The FASEB Journal," a study performed by Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York revealed an inverse relationship between choline intake and risk of breast cancer. The study demonstrated that as consumption of choline concentrations increased, the risk of breast cancer decreased.

Cardiovascular Benefits

Consumption of choline may offer benefits that reduce the risk of heart disease. A study performed by the Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology at the Uludag University School of Medicine in Turkey suggests that administration of choline can reduce blood pressure and lower heart rate. These cardiac-relaxing effects will lessen the workload of the heart, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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