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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Choline is a precursor to acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter (chemical messenger) that plays an important role in memory and thought. Proper acetylcholine levels are thought to be important for brain functioning as indicated by studies which observed a marked reduction on cortical and hippocampal choline acetyl-transferase (ChAT) in Alzheimer's Disease (a senile dementia) which suggests a lack of acetylcholine as a cause of brain dysfunction in senile dementia. A deficiency of choline could result in memory loss and poor brain function.

Choline is not to be used by people who are manic depressive, because choline (or any compound which is a precursor to acetyl choline, such as DMAE, lecithin) can deepen the depressive phase. Choline can sometimes cause a fishy body odor or diarrhea, phosphatidyl choline from lecithin does not cause these problems, nor does phosphytidal serine, another potent phosphate group donor.

All these items act by donating the phosphate group for the production of ATP in the Kreb's cycle. ATP is the storage form of energy for cognition as well as for muscular movement.

Vitamin B5 which is essential for converting choline to acetylcholine may assist in realizing enhancements from choline.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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