Signs You May Need More Choline

Signs You May Need More Choline

We don’t hear much about choline, but researchers say we should. Without this nutrient, we couldn’t move or think properly because it’s essential for brain and nervous system functions, as well as other key body processes.

Yet, studies show that fewer than 10% of adults get enough daily choline to function at their best. How would you know if you’re in the majority? Here are some signs that you may need more choline.

Why We Might Not Get Enough Choline

Choline is in many common foods like fish, eggs, beans, beef, pork, and cruciferous vegetables.

Although several foods provide choline, few except caviar come close to meeting the recommended daily intake of 550 mg for men or 425 mg for women. (Pregnant and nursing women need more choline.)

For example, garbanzo beans (chickpeas) have more choline than most foods, but a half cup of them only has 18% of your daily needs. So, you’d need 2 ½ cups of chickpeas to get the recommended amount.

Your liver makes a small bit of choline, but the majority needed comes from food. A lack of choline can affect your memory, mood, thinking, and muscles.

Signs of low choline intake include:

Cognitive impairment: Choline is a building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which plays a critical role in cognitive function. Acetylcholine production decreases as we age. If you’re not getting enough choline, you may notice memory problems, poor concentration, brain fog, or difficulty learning something new.

Mood changes: Choline also helps regulate moods, so a deficiency can lead to mood swings, anxiety, or depression.

Fatigue: Because choline is important in energy metabolism, you might feel tired and sluggish if you’re not getting enough.

Muscle aches and weakness: Muscle aches and weakness may also point to a lack of choline because acetylcholine, mentioned above, is the chemical messenger between your nerves and muscles. Nerve pain and tingling may also result from a low choline intake.

Liver damage: You may not “feel” it, but a lack of choline can also lead to liver damage. Choline transports fats out of the liver to cells throughout the body, cleansing the liver so to speak. Choline helps keep cholesterol levels balanced. Fatty buildup in the liver can cause nausea, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain.

The importance of choline in the body, combined with reduced acetylcholine production as we age, has researchers focusing on its crucial role in protecting against cognitive decline.

Choline is not typically included in multi-vitamins. If you’re interested in supplementing your intake, Choline SR (sustained release) provides 300 mg of choline in a slow, steady release over 5-7 hours for optimal absorption.

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An essential nutrient for our body, it promotes cardiovascular health and healthy liver function. It supports the brain and nervous system.


  • Promotes healthy liver function & lipid metabolism*
  • Helps maintain cell integrity and function*
  • Supports heart, nervous system & whole body health*
  • Promotes baby's brain health as pre- or post-natal supplement*
  • Sustained-release for high bioavailability 

Product Description

Choline 300mg Sustained Release (SR) is ideal for adults who want targeted nutritional support for healthy liver function and lipid metabolism, as well as whole body support for optimal cell function at any age.*

Choline SR provides an excellent source of choline with 300mg per tablet. As a building block for phosphatidylcholine, choline supports cell membrane integrity and cell signaling, fat digestion and liver function and lipid metabolism.*

In the liver, choline-derived phosphatidylcholine helps transform VLDL (very low density lipoprotein) particles into water-loving molecules that can shuttle triglycerides through the bloodstream to fat cells for storage or muscle cells for immediate use. Choline is also a building block for acetylcholine, an important biochemical messenger for nerve cell communication.*

Yet the body’s biggest demand for choline is as a source of methyl groups needed not only for healthy cell function, but also for gene expression, detoxification, and more. Choline is even at the core of a healthy homocysteine metabolism, which is an emerging biomarker for heart health.*

Choline SR can be part of a pre- or post-natal supplement plan to help mothers-to-be and new moms fill any nutrient gap between what they consume and what a baby’s brain needs to thrive.* Choline plays a key role in fetal development, especially brain development, which is particularly rapid during the third trimester of pregnancy. For this reason, the recommended intake for choline is high for pregnant women (450 mg/day) and even higher for women who are nursing (550 mg/day).


  • Easy-to-swallow tablets
  • No sugar, starch, artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners or preservatives
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan/Vegetarian
  • Free of common allergens (milk, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy)

Frequently Asked Questions

What can you expect?

Choline SR provides daily nutritional support for whole body health with targeted benefits for healthy liver function and lipid metabolism.*

How does it work?

In the body, each tablet dissolves slowly over 5 to 7 hours, providing a steady release of choline for high bioavailability and optimal absorption.

How do you take it?

As a dietary supplement for adults, take two (2) to six (6) tablets daily in divided doses, preferably with meals, or as directed by your healthcare professional.

Are there any precautions?

Consult your healthcare professional prior to use if you have or suspect a medical condition, are taking any medications, or are nursing or pregnant. As with all dietary supplements, keep out of reach of children.

What product quality control tests are performed?

Choline SR is manufactured in the United States (Oregon) in a state-of-the-art, FDA-registered facility that meets or exceeds current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP). Quality control tests are performed at every stage of the manufacturing process from rigorous raw material testing to finished product testing.




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