The athlete increases his nutrient needs through his training and many supplements will have a positive impact on their practice. Health supplements are very important, especially if they are not provided in sufficient quantity in the diet. This is the case with choline.
- What is choline?
- What are the benefits of choline on health and for athletes?
- What is VitaCholine?
What is choline?
Choline is an essential micronutrient for health, first recognized by the Institute of Medicine in 1998. Naturally synthesized by the liver, but in insufficient quantities, choline is also found in our food (eggs, salmon, cabbage). flower, soy…)
According to the National Academy of Sciences, it is advisable to consume a daily dose of 550 mg of choline for a man and 425 mg of choline for a woman.
What are the health benefits of choline?
Protects liver function
Choline contributes to the well-being of the body and health by detoxifying and relieving the liver. Indeed, a sufficient intake of choline would help reduce fat in the liver (1), (2) thanks to the production of phosphatidylcholine (lecithin).
Improves cognitive health
Choline acts on several levels on the brain: it helps to prevent brain function disorders, stimulates concentration and improves memory. You no longer have any excuses to memorize your series of exercises in the gym!
What are the benefits of choline for athletes?
A precursor to acetylcholine, choline is a neurotransmitter with multiple effects: it determines the strength of muscle contraction, increases the efficiency of movements and participates in metabolic functioning.
Optimizes muscle recovery
In a regular athlete, the level of choline decreases more quickly due to its use during physical exertion (3). However, very often, the lack of choline leads to muscle catabolism (molecular degradation) which, in the long term, can slow down, even stop your progress. Therefore, choline provides muscle and nerve support that helps to regenerate cells damaged by exercise more quickly.
Consequences in case of deficiency
Choline supplementation is particularly important for athletes and people who follow a vegan or Vegan diet (who exclude all kinds of animal products from their diet). Indeed, as seen above, choline is mainly brought to the body by our food and is found strongly in meats, fish and eggs. Consequence: Insufficient choline levels can lead to decreased metabolic reactions in the body, impaired nerve function, concentration and memory, and lack of energy.
Thus, being deficient in choline could lead to reduced progress in sport and could even be dangerous for your health. In addition, a low level of choline in athletes leads to premature fatigue and reduces strength gain (4).
What is Vitacholine?
VitaCholine is the premier source of choline salts, manufactured to the highest standards. This form of choline is higher quality, much more stable and highly bioavailable. The VitaCholine formula has shown significant benefits on the brains of babies born to mothers who received a choline supplement during pregnancy.
Throughout life, choline helps promote cognitive health, liver health, and healthy metabolic function. The producer of VitaCholine Balchem with whom we work is the reference choline producer thanks to unique proprietary technologies in the world.
- Dietary choline, rather than betaine intake, is associated with hepatocellular carcinoma mortality. Zhao-Yan Liu Food & Function 2020, Volume 11, Issue 9.
- Dietary Choline Supplementation Attenuates High-Fat-Diet–Induced Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Mice. Amanda L Brown The Journal of Nutrition 18 December 2019.
- Jäger R. Phospholipids and sports performance. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2007 Jul 25;4:5.
- Lee CW. The Effects of Dietary Choline on Muscle Responses to Exercise Resistance in Older Adults. Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine Vol. 49 No. 5 Supplement S69.