posted on Sep, 22 2019 @ 12:00 PM
a reply to: blueman12
I posit to you that who does the study is not always a representation of the accuracy of the study. There is little incentive for people to do
unfunded studies, and those who are willing to pay for the studies are also those who have a vested stake in the results one way or another. It's one
thing to state that a study may be biased because of assumptions or questionable conclusions, but quite another to dismiss a study out of hand because
of who funded it.
I found some initial information on choline here
While it is obviously not a controlled study, the claims are pretty much in line with what I have been postulating.
Choline is a nootropic — a supplement that enhances cognitive function. Since you use so much acetylcholine when you’re calculating,
processing, and problem-solving, having enough choline means having the acetylcholine you need for attention and focus. Bonus: more choline available
to your brain means less brain inflammation, which is great for learning, memory, focus, and mood.
You might be deficient in choline if you experience things like:
- Ongoing tiredness or fatigue
- Reduced ability to think things through or problem solve
- Difficulty picking up new information
- Emotional swings or mood disorders
- Memory trouble
- Muscle aches
- Nerve pain or tingling
(The first symptom is what caused me to investigate choline in the first place.)
The same article also mentions another potential issue with health of Americans that we are all too familiar with:
Another function of choline is fat transport. Choline has a crucial role in bringing fats out of the liver for your body to use. You need your
body to be able to take fats out of the liver and send it into the bloodstream so that your body can use it for energy, to help absorb fat-soluble
nutrients, and to make brain components such as myelin. On the flipside, if fat stays in the liver, you end up with fatty liver disease, which can
cause pain, enlargement of the liver, extreme fatigue, and toxic overload.
So a lack of sufficient choline can also lead to fat accumulation and weight gain.
I mentioned earlier that acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter which activates the nicotinic receptors, which are also activated by nicotine. It is
established fact that smokers who quit are much more likely to gain weight in the process than others. This could easily be due to a lack of choline
in the body which causes them to need the nicotine. If the nicotine is removed, without a change in lifestyle to replace it with choline, this known
action of choline can be seen to lead to weight gain.
I also found this site
that exposes the advantages of pasture-raised turkeys over factory
farm turkeys. Among the advantages listed for pasture-raised turkeys is a claim that pasture raised turkeys are higher in several nutrients including
choline. Now, this is a site devoted to promoting pasture-raised turkeys, so I would expect it to be somewhat biased; yet the claim may indeed be