Unless you’ve managed to somehow lead a fulfilling life while ensconced in a bubble, chances are you are exposing your body’s cells to an assortment of toxins every day. And every day those ick-tacular substances blaze a path through your body straight to your liver.
Your liver then goes to work breaking everything down and sending the good nutrients out through your bloodstream and packaging up the toxins and getting rid of them.
We humans can synthesize choline naturally, in small amounts, but for the most part, it must be consumed in the diet so we can stay healthy.
Choline is found in foods such as beef and chicken liver, egg yolk, soybeans, beef, milk, and peanuts. USANA’s Hepasil DTX also supplies 375 mg of choline bitartrate.
Choline is the Liver’s ‘Lovely Assistant’
Aside from playing a role in maintaining cellular integrity and function, choline helps the liver metabolize fats and cholesterol. Without adequate choline, the liver can’t remove the fats as effectively, which, over time, could cause liver dysfunction if the fats continue to accumulate.
PrestoChango — Choline Turns the Harmful Into the Helpful
Upon entry into the cell, choline is oxidized to become betaine (which, according to the all-knowing Wikipedia, is pronounced BEET-uh-een). Betaine is important because of its role in methylation. Methylation is basically a repair process in which new, undamaged methyl groups are used to patch up damage in proteins and DNA.
During methylation, betaine donates methyl groups to the amino acid homocysteine to form a different, essential amino acid: methionine.
Elevated levels of homocysteine have been associated with greater risk for several chronic health conditions. On the other hand, methionine helps remove fat from the liver and protect it from toxins.
Voila! Thanks to the methylation process, which is powered, at least in part, by choline, the harmful homocysteine is converted to helpful methionine, so your liver can keep healthfully working at its natural detoxification processes.
Because of its role in the methylation of homocysteine, optimal choline (and betaine) intakes have been associated with lower homocysteine levels. Alternately, if there isn’t enough choline to support the process, homocysteine levels can begin to climb.
The Institute of Medicine has observed that many people’s dietary intakes are below their recommended Adequate Intake for choline, which is 425 milligrams/per day for women aged 19 and older, and 550 milligrams/per day for men aged 19 and older. So, make sure you get enough choline by taking your Essentials and Hepasil DTX every day!
Learn More About Hepasil DTX
Choline is just one of the important ingredients in USANA’s patent-pending Hepasil DTX formula, which is made using Nutritional Hybrid Technology. To learn more about the benefits of this power-packed supplement, check out this video featuring R&D Lab Associate Jenna Templeton.
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