Choline

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Choline
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IUPAC name 2-Hydroxy-N,N,N-trimethylethanaminium
Other names Bilineurine, (2-Hydroxyethyl)trimethylammonium
Identifiers
CAS number 62–49–7
PubChem 6209
DrugBank DB00122
KEGG C00114
ChEBI CHEBI:15354
SMILES C[N+](C)(C)CCO
Beilstein Reference 1736748
Gmelin Reference 324597
Properties
Molecular formula C5H14NO
Molar mass 104.17080
Density 1.09 g/ml
Boiling point

305 °C, 578 K, 581 °F

Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)

Choline is an organic compound. It is usually grouped with the Vitamin B complex. It is a vitamin that is needed by the human body. Adults should take between 425 to 550 milligrams of it daily. Choline is used by the body in the walls of cells and as a neurotransmitter. It also helps to prevent heart disease. There are claims that it helps reduce body fat, but this has not been proven.

History[change | change source]

Choline was discovered by Andreas Strecker in 1864. In 1998 choline was classified as an needed nutrient by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine (USA).[1][2][3]

Sources[change | change source]

Sources of Choline are egg yolks, soy and cooked beef, chicken, veal and turkey (bird) livers. Many foods contain small amounts of choline, even iceberg lettuce.

References[change | change source]

  1. Jane Higdon, "Choline", Micronutrient Information Center, Linus Pauling Institute
  2. "Choline, PDRHealth
  3. "Choline" (An interview with Steven Zeisel, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry), Radio National Health Report with Norman Swan, Monday 17 April 2000