While choline chloride enhances the function of human brain, it is also added to animal feeds for pets and farm animals. The following article provides information about the various benefits and side effects of this compound.
Choline chloride is an organic compound that is produced on a large scale for the manufacture of various types of animal feeds. It accelerates the growth of animals, and is added especially in chicken feeds. The presence of this compound in dog food ensures proper fat metabolism and nerve function. In human beings, this compound is present in the cells of the nervous system.
The compound plays an important role in fetal development, and also in the development of infants, toddlers, and children. It is used in the production of folic acid and vitamin B12. It helps keep the fat in liquid form and prevents the accumulation of unwanted cholesterol or fat in the arteries, liver, and gallbladder. Doctors usually prescribe its supplements to lower the cholesterol levels. It prevents liver damage, and helps maintain a healthy liver function. It is also used to treat sleep disorders, poor cognitive skills, depression, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, and asthma. The supplements boost memory and elevate the mood. This compound is necessary for the synthesis and maintenance of the acetylcholine level, which regulates sleep, memory, movement, and the thought process. It plays an important role in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, thereby enhancing the brain function. Human body can synthesize this compound, but as we age, its production decreases. This leads to memory loss or poor learning and cognitive skills.
Postmenopausal women are advised to take the supplements, as it helps keep the mucous membranes moist. Also, if taken during pregnancy, it ensures excellent memory and learning skills of the child. It is necessary for the breakdown of fat in the body. Since energy is obtained from the fat reserves, athletes performing strenuous exercises might find it necessary to take these supplements. Citrus-flavored drinks that contain this compound are also available in the market.
Scarcity of this compound in the body increases the risk of cancers, especially liver cancer. One can get enough choline from foods like beef, beef liver, eggs, cauliflower, wheat germ, soy foods, cod, salmon, broccoli, peanut butter, milk, etc. Those who follow a balanced and healthy diet, usually have enough choline in their body. Athletes, pregnant women, and elderly people may need to take the supplements, or doctors may recommend these nutritional supplements to treat certain conditions.
It is safe to take its supplements, but one needs to strictly follow the instructions of the doctor regarding the dosage. It belongs to the group of vitamin B. It is highly soluble in water, so there isn’t any problem regarding its solubility. However, very high concentration of this compound in the body may result in side effects such as rise in the body temperature, sweating, a fishy body odor, gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. It is also believed that excessive intake of this compound may lead to colon and rectum cancer. However, more studies are required to prove this. Till then, it is better to avoid excessive consumption of this nutrient.
Here is an important information regarding the dosage, which is considered safe for consumption:
- Kids (1 – 8 years) : 1 g per day
- Children (9 – 13 years) : 2 g per day
- Teenagers (14 – 18 years) : 3 g per day
- Adults (above 18 years of age) : 3.5 g per day
However, one should consult a physician before taking these supplements. Dosage may vary, according to age, sex, physical activity, overall health, etc.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.