What is Vitamin J?
We’ve all heard of Vitamin A, B, C, D and E…but vitamin J?? Is there actually such a thing? Well, the truth is, Vitamin J is not only a thing, it’s a very good thing!! Vitamin J is more commonly known as choline. It assists the body in the production of important compounds and has fat metabolizing properties. It is often classified among the Vitamin B family because of how it functions in conjunction with B vitamins and exhibits similar beneficial traits. Choline can be found in foods like liver, muscle meats, fish, nuts, beans, spinach, wheat germ and eggs. When incorporated into the diet, it can provide benefits for the liver and the brain:
Fights Liver Disease: Choline can protect your liver from fat accumulation. In studies, choline has been used to improve many liver conditions including chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and fatty liver disease.
Improves Brain Function: Choline helps produce neurotransmitters and is important for brain function. In fact, one study showed that people with diets high in choline performed better on memory tests and were less likely to show brain changes associated with dementia.
So, not bad for a vitamin that’s just not up there with the other cool kids. It ends up Vitamin J manages to play a vital role in our body’s basic functions. Be sure Vitamin J is an essential part of your diet by eating the proper foods or adding it in supplemental form. The recommended adequate dietary intake for choline is 550 mg daily. Here’s to seeing improvements in your quality of life!