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Compounds classified as lipotropic are important to stable liver function, as they have the capability of converting fats transported there into energy. Bitartrate, also known as Tartaric Acid, is combined with Choline in this compound, which helps to increase the overall rate of absorption into the body. This compound is also indirectly responsible for helping to maintain cellular structure and integrity in the synthesis of compounds. The human body is capable of producing limited amounts of Choline naturally on its own, but these are often not enough to constitute full servings.
Choline is a nutrient necessary to keep up the emulsification of fats and cholesterol, facilitating the movement of hormones to the correct areas of the body. It also helps maintain the nervous system and gallbladder. Although it is not actually a B vitamin, it is sometimes considered to be a part of this complex because it operates in conjunction with various types of B vitamins.
The compound is indirectly involved in the conversion of fat into energy and nutrients, speeding up their mobilization throughout the body. It also aids in the production of HDL, a helpful type of cholesterol. Choline also assists in the formation of Betaine.
Choline is especially important in establishing endurance when it comes to physical exercise. Choline becomes depleted very quickly in athletes that participate in taxing exercise regimens. This in turn means that less Acetylcholine can be synthesized, which could result in permanent damage to the liver or to muscles.
It is also useful in a variety of other ways too, such as cell communications, stabilizing the correct functions of muscles, regulation of impulse transmission through the nervous system, and in the production of Acetylcholine, which is known to influence state of mind, eating habits and general behavior. Finally, Choline can also act as an antioxidant to some extent, protecting healthy cells from harmful free radicals.
It is recommended that adult women take no more than 425mg of Choline daily (unless pregnant or nursing, in which case 450 and 550mg doses should be taken, respectively). Adult men should take no more than 550mg.