Choline is a little-known but essential nutrient that helps ensure heart health in many ways.
Unfortunately, approximately 90 percent of the U.S. population currently does not consume adequate amounts of choline. The resulting choline deficiency increases risk for blood plaque formation; choline is important for preventing clots that cause heart attacks and strokes. According to the American Heart Association, one-third of American women and half the men in the U.S. have undesirable plaque levels in their blood.
Choline is also instrumental in supporting the nerve impulse systems that ensure a regular heartbeat. Choline supports a strong heart muscle with regular contractions, leading to a controlled and lower heart rate with less stress to the heart over time.
The Adequate Intake (AI) level for choline is 550 mg/day for men and 425 mg/day for women. Consuming adequate amounts of choline promotes heart health.