What Are the Benefits of Choline?


The benefits of choline are studied widely, often with differing results. One of the most positively correlated benefits is in asthma patients, who, according to WebMD, need less bronchiodilator treatment and are affected by asthma symptoms for fewer days when their choline intake is high.

Another benefit of high levels of choline is connected to pregnancy. Neural tube defects are found to be especially infrequently in women who report a high intake of choline near the time of conception, WebMD reports.

One 2009 study concluded that high intakes of choline in women is correlated with a lower risk of breast cancer. Another study on heart disease found that high intake of choline can lower the incidence of inflammation, according to VeganHealth.

On a cellular level, most forms of choline are integral in the synthesis of the phospholipid phosphatidylcholine, a primary component of cell membranes. Choline is also important for the synthesis of low-density lipoproteins and acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter, VeganHealth explains.

The most choline-rich food products to bring about any of these health benefits are animal products, most notably egg yolks, beef and veal, according to SELF Nutrition Data. Vegan sources of choline exist at significantly lower density comparied to animal products and include vegetable oil, soy milk, oats, broccoli and beans, VeganHealth states.