Choline is an essential nutrient that is naturally present in some foods. It is neither a vitamin nor mineral but is often grouped with b-vitamins as it has similar functions. Choline (like folate) is a methyl donor, which means it provides a methyl group to many important reactions in the body.
Choline is also needed to produce compounds that are important for
Choline can be produced in the body by the liver but the amount that the body makes naturally is not sufficient to meet our needs. Therefore it is important to include foods containing choline in the diet.
Source: Nutrient Reference Value: Choline
There is not enough data to set an RDI (recommended daily intake) for Choline, so an Adequate Intake (AI) has been set instead. AI is based on what experts find to be the average nutrient intake in a group of healthy people, however, requirements might differ from person to person. More research is required in this area.
The most common sources of choline in foods are animal-based products
Plant-based sources of choline include
Last reviewed 12 /07/2022
Last modified: July 18, 2022