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For purely practical reasons, choline (KOH-leen) is considered a B-complex vitamin. It is water-soluble and performs functions similar to other B vitamins. However, it can't meet the classic definition of a vitamin because the body can produce choline (although in limited quantities). The rest of what we need comes in our diet.
So, what is choline?
Choline is an amine (technically a quaternary saturated amine) which is a basic organic compound. The important thing to remember is that choline is an important nutrient required by the body.
Basically, choline does three things for us: it helps cells make durable membranes, it produces a chemical which helps nerve cells communicate with each other (a neurotransmitter), and it helps metabolize fat from the liver.
Choline has been known for a long while (it was discovered in 1864, when Abraham Lincoln was still president!) and it was chemically synthesized years ago. Choline must be taken in every day, because low levels could affect the heart, circulatory system, or liver.
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