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CHOLINE, THE BRAIN BOOSTING NUTRIENT,90% OF US LACK-Part 2, INVITEⓇ HEALTH PODCAST, EPISODE 600
Hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.
InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro: [00:00:04] Welcome to the InVite Health podcast, where our degreed health care professionals are excited to offer you the most important health and wellness information you need to make informed choices about your health. You can learn more about the products discussed in each of these episodes and all that InVite Health has to offer at, www.invitehealth.com/podcast. First time customers can use promo code podcast at checkout for an additional 15% off your first purchase. Let’s get started.† [00:00:34]
Jerry Hickey, Ph: [00:00:41] Hi, Jerry Hickey here. Welcome to part two of our episode Choline, the brain boosting nutrient 90% of us lack, we’re just not getting it in our diet. And I started the first part of this episode, this broadcast and that it’s rather amazing that this nutrient which is needed for your memory to function, for your muscles to function, for your nerves to function, for learning, for problem solving, for paying attention. Most of us are lacking, a recent review by the National Institutes of Health, 90% of all American adults and children fail to consume enough choline, so 10% of us get enough Choline, so in any event, today we’ll review very quickly where Choline is and the first part of this episode, I discussed how much you need and food sources, etc., and I said, Krill is a dependable source. It’s a very good source of Choline, because it gives it in a favorite form, which is phosphatidylcholine, which is absorbed very well into the liver and into your brain and into your nerves and heart, and everything is very healthy thing because most of our cell, all of our cells require Choline, all of our cells require phosphatidylcholine, so Krill is your phosphatidylcholine. So even though you can get Choline from the diet, a lot of the foods that contain Choline, people are not consuming like organ meats, you know, like liver, egg yolks, etc. So if you do two krill a day, it’s a high quality krill, you’re getting phosphatidylcholine, the preferred form of Choline.† [00:02:13]
[00:02:15] So welcome to my episode, Choline, the brain boosting nutrient, 90% of us are lacking. My name is Jerry Hickey, I’m a nutritional pharmacist. By the way, it’s always an honor and a privilege to be speaking with you. You can find all of the Invite podcast episodes wherever you listen to podcast for free or just go to Invitehealth.com/podcast or please subscribe and leave a review. That’s very helpful for us. We know where we’re going with that. Also, you can find Invite on Instagram and Facebook and Twitter at InVite Health. All of the information on this episode is linked at the description and the website or wherever you’re listening. So let’s get going. Choline is an essential, important, incredibly important nutrient, incredibly important nutrient. It’s not only connected with B vitamins, if you lack Choline, your brain doesn’t work well. If you lack Choline, your liver is going to be really a problem. You’re really going to have liver problems. And that’s what we’re going to focus on in this, in this episode. But first, let’s, let’s just discuss quickly, Choline in the brain. I describe the study in part one of the episode, but a quick review. Not everybody listens to both episodes, which is a shame for me. It’s part of the Copeo of Finland Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. So it’s a large study, it’s an ongoing study. And they’re looking at almost 2500 men between the age of 42 to 60 that were enrolled in the study starting in 1984. These men were brain healthy. They didn’t have strokes. They didn’t have dementia. Now, four years after they were enrolled in the study, they were given a battery of five cognitive tests. This was administered to a portion of them, a slice of them, almost 500 of them, and men with higher Choline intake for their food or maybe supplements. They had superior linguistic abilities. They’re not reaching for words and better memory. So they followed these men for approximately 22 years. And sadly, after 22 years of the initiation of the study, 337 of the initial men were diagnosed with different dementias. That’s about 14%. And what they found increased intake in Choline, especially as phosphatidylcholine reduced the risk of dementia by 28%. Now, if you add that to fish oil, just a side bar here. Fish oils also reduced the risk of dementia. So if you’re adding the phosphatidylcholine and fish oils, which you get in krill, that’s really important because they found this even in people who had a problem with the Apo E4 variant of the cholesterol carrying gene of the fatty carrying gene.† [00:05:13]
[00:05:16] So why is Phosphatidylcholine important in the brain? Well, first of all, it is very important in the housing of the brain, the cellular membrane. All, all cells have a large content of phosphatidylcholine, whether they’re muscle cells or heart cells or any kind of cell. But this is really important in the brain, because you need the right fats in the brain. And phosphatidylcholine is a fatty type substance that does really wonderful things in your brain. It makes it work properly. It protects you from inflammation and protection from damage, and helps protect you from memory loss. It creates the phosphatidylcholine, creates acetylcholine. Phosphatidylcholine creates acetylcholine, and you need acetylcholine for memory. In fact, one of the reasons why we get a little sketchy with our memory, we get that kind of a little bit of absent mindedness when we grow older is because our acetylcholine levels naturally normally drop. In fact, in people with dementia, there’s practically no acetylcholine, and they use drugs to try to bring acetylcholine back, and these people will do better temporarily. So acetylcholine is needed for your memory, it’s needed to learn, to learn something new. You know, you can have a memory of things that happened in the past and not be able to retain something new. So it helps you learn, your mood, stabilizes your mood. It’s needed for problem solving, acetylcholine, creating new memory cells. When you go to sleep at night, you got a deep sleep, you create new memory cells. You need phosphatidylcholine. You need acetylcholine, I should say as part of that and phosphatidylcholine is a precursor to acetylcholine, you need it for proper nerve function, you need it for decoding of the nerve so they function the myelin sheath that allows the nerves to transfer information very quickly into your brain, it creates sphingomyelin, which is important for your brain cells, it creates plasmalogens, now, I didn’t even discuss that probably in the first part of this episode. Plasmalogens are kind of like a bulletproof vest for your nerve cells, in your brain, you’re thinking cells, all your cells in your brain.† [00:07:18]
[00:07:18] As we grow older and we have a lower level of antioxidants, a lower level of the pool of antioxidants in our brain, this naturally occurs. Plasmalogens will step in and be an alternate form of protection for our brain cells. So in krill you get the phosphatidylcholine, the phosphatidylinositol, the phosphatidylethanolamine, the phosphatidylserine and the fish oils all needed to create plasmalogens. It’s a great source for creating plasmalogens, which protects the brain of older people. Now, you need the phosphatidylcholine to create acetylcholine, and this increases the viability of what we call alpha seven nicotinic acetylcholine receptor sites in your brain. Alpha seven nicotinic acetylcholine receptor sites in your brain, increase in number and are more impervious to damage when you have enough phosphatidylcholine. Because these are receptor sites you need for all those brain functions, the executive function, all those cognitive functions including attention span, working memory, executive function. When you wake these cells, these receptor sites up, when you activate these receptor sites, you actually support cognitive function. You actually improve cognitive function. It’s a very important supplement for everybody at any stage, but especially older people. Now there’s a number of things that happen when you lack Choline. You have DNA damage, which, of course, if it goes in the wrong direction, can lead to cancer. You have poor lymphocyte function, your white blood cells that fight disease and infection and cancer, they’re not working well. You have poor brain function, have an increased risk of memory loss, but you also definitely have a problem with your liver. You definitely can have a problem with your liver, which can lead to different things, including primary liver cancer, cancer that pops up in your liver. So we’re really going to focus on Choline and the liver now. First, let me tell you why lacking choline leads to liver disease. When you swallow Choline from any source, whether it’s a supplement or krill oil, which is my favorite source, foods, because swallowing krill is to me, it assures you’re going to get some Choline in a preferred form which is phosphatidylcholine. When you swallow any source of choline, one of the first places it builds up is in your liver. And it does a lot of things in your liver, a lot of good things.† [00:10:13]
[00:10:14] First of all, it’s a methylator. A methyl group is a carbon with three hydrogens, a very dominant group in biochemistry. And your genes have to be properly methylated. That’s why certain vitamins are so essential, like folate, the active form of folate, methyltetrahydrofolate or B12, because they properly will methylate your genes. And when you do this, you protect your genes. For instance, things that improperly methylate your genes would be alcohol, certain viruses, radiation, cigarette smoke, any smoke and these improper methylations damaged genes and open up possibilities of mutation which of course can start the cancer process. If you were unlucky, it will lead to the cancer process. So one thing Choline does everywhere in the body is, it’s a source of methylation. It supplies that methyl group to protect your genes, but it also is converted besides acetylcholine, which is so important for your nerves and your muscles and your brain. Choline creates something called betaine. Betaine is an incredibly important nutrient in the human body. They’re not doing enough research in it, but time will tell you. And one of the things that betaine does and it it assures proper function of the kidneys, proper glomerular filtration rate, the ability of kidneys to get rid of toxins and byproducts of metabolism. Otherwise these things build up and they become toxic to the brain and the pancreas, etc.. Now, a second thing, Choline is good for your genes. Choline is a methyl donor that supplies that carbon hydrogen combination. And this makes the genes and your liver work properly. It’s important for a lot of genes in your liver, but also the phosphatidylcholine that you would find in krill, you would find in beans, you would find a little bit in egg yolks that makes 40 to 50% of the membrane of each of our cells. The housing of each cell. It’s converted into bile to help you dissolve and absorb fats. But Choline also prevents the accumulation of fat in our liver. And that’s exactly where we’re going with this. When you swallow Choline, one of the places it starts to accumulate and right away, is the liver. And that’s really important because it helps create very low density lipoprotein. You’ve heard of LDL, bad cholesterol, you’ve heard of HDL, purportedly good cholesterol, but there’s more to that story. I’ve done a podcast episode on that, but it’s very interesting thing. HDL and the chemical structure is incredibly good for protecting you from heart disease, that’s a great anti-inflammatory, but phosphatidylcholine goes into the liver and it helps create the LDL, very low density lipoprotein. So what does that do? It carries triglycerides out of the liver. The VLDL, which is made from phosphatidylcholine, that’s one of the key ingredients carries a fat full of triglycerides out of your liver. And triglycerides could be quite dangerous if they build up in the body. High triglycerides lead to fatty liver, pancreatitis, strokes, heart disease. They infiltrate possibly your lungs, your kidneys, potentially your heart, your liver. So they’re dangerous. She normally when you eat food, a lot of sugar, etc., is converted to triglycerides. And then you use that when you’re doing something physical. So if you’re eating like a lumberjack and you are working like a lumberjack, that’s okay. You’ll burn to triglycerides, which physical activity. But a lot of us eat like a lumberjack, and then we sit behind our computer like I’m doing right now, or we’re playing a video game or whatever we’re doing. We’re not active, so the triglycerides are too high. You’ll see this frequently in diabetics and pre-diabetic. You’ll see it in people who are overweight. You’ll see it in people who are obese, you’ll see it in people who eat a lot of sugar, people who drink a lot of alcohol, people eat a lot of fats, certain kinds of fats. So the triglycerides build up when you eat food and the VLDL carries them away from the liver, when you lack choline, there’s no way to get them out of liver and they build up in the liver. And this is highly toxic. It leads to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. When I was in pharmacy school back in the 1970s, we had this brilliant lecturer pharmacologist, Dr. David Lynch, and he would, he would tell us about alcohol and what it does to the liver and how so many alcoholics had fatty liver disease. And it was a major cause of death in alcoholics. But we never spoke about nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, which is common now. It’s more common than disease of the liver caused by alcohol, apparently, because all you have to do is be really overweight and not get clean and you develop nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, disease of the liver because the fats building up and this can lead to NASH, Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis you’ve heard of hepatitis. Most people think that hepatitis only occurs when you have a virus, but that’s not true. Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, so anything that inflames the liver will form hepatitis, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis meaning you’re not drinking alcohol. It’s the fats in your food that are building up in your liver and causing liver disease. Or it’s the sugar in your food that’s creating these fats that’s causing the liver disease. That’s probably the more common cause. But it leads to the hepatic carcinoma, primary liver cancer. You don’t need any other cancer to get into the liver. Just having fat build up in the liver can lead to liver cancer and cirrhosis, liver failure where you know you’re in trouble.† [00:16:32]
[00:16:32] Well, let me tell you about the Zucker rat study that I read about 20 years ago. It was from Italy. It was, Zucker rats are genetically modified rats, and they’re incredibly fat. I mean, they’re so fat, they are fat in places where you’d never think you could have fat, like between their ears and like between their toes. I mean, they’re incredibly fat. So they commonly study Zucker Rats for things like diabetes and heart disease, etc.. So they did a study in Italy. They saw the Zucker rats, by in large had liver disease. They had fatty infiltration, they had fatty liver. They gave them fish oils, the fish oils did lower the fatty liver a little bit. Fish oils do help with fatty liver. So does grapeseed extract a little bit. So does exercise a little bit. So does a good diet a little bit. But when they gave them Choline, it was just flushing the fat out of their liver. And what was the source of Choline? It was the phosphatidylcholine in krill oil. So fish oils did get some of the fat to the liver and some of the fat out of the heart, too, because these same fats build up in the heart like they do in liver. So that should tell you something. But when I gave him the krill, it was really doing a job on getting the fat out of their liver. Now, here’s some stats on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. This is the National Institutes of Health. It’s present and up to 65% of people who are overweight. So just having a big belly can lead to fatty liver. And 90% of people who are, you know, morbidly obese. What does morbidly obese mean? They have so much fat on their body that it’s causing other diseases, it’s causing other conditions. So nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can be benign. Like maybe just fatigued or have aches and pains, etc., you know, all these weird, vague symptoms. But it can also lead to the hepatitis, STEATOHEPATITIS, fatty hepatitis, fibrosis, this is common, like there’s a number of studies in postmenopausal women who are overweight where they show that they had fibrosis of the liver. Was that mean? When you get the fat building up in your liver, it’s killing the liver cells and scar tissue is coming in and replacing the healthy liver cells and stiffening the liver. In other words, it’s leading to liver failure, cirrhosis and also, like I said, primary liver cancer. You don’t need anything else to cause the liver cancer. Simply having all that fat and lacking choline, having all that fat in your liver and lacking Choline is a clear source of liver cancer. So phosphatidylcholine especially, clears the fat out of your liver, even better than choline. So that’s why I like Krill. So here is a study, it’s over 56,000 Chinese adults between the age of 40 to 75 and having more, this is on the National Institutes of Health website. Having more phosphatidylcholine or even choline really reduced the risk of developing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, at reduced risk, 25 to 32%. Now, don’t forget, a lot of these people can have risk factors for fatty liver. They could be diabetic, they could be overweight. So here’s a study of 664 people, these are postmenopausal women and they have nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. So they have more advanced fatty liver disease where it’s causing inflammation of the liver. Steatohepatitis. The lower the choline intake, the worst of fibrosis, the worse the scar tissue build up in the liver, the worse the symptoms, the further on towards cirrhosis or liver failure they were. And in a study of 57 adults, they were placed on a low choline diet, less less than 10% of the amount you would normally need. This was up to six weeks, within just six weeks of being low in choline, they were developing problems with their liver, like liver dysfunction. So they added Choline back into their diet and the liver was restored to normal function.† [00:20:41]
[00:20:42] So, the National Institute of Health talks about another study. These are patients on total parenteral nutrition, so they’re getting tube fed. So, you know, these people are not going into the refrigerator or into the grocery store and choosing their food. They’re on specific foods. Now, all of these people on total parenteral nutrition, they had fatty liver disease, they had nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. So they’re on tube feeding, they have liver disease. They added a lot of Choline to their tube feeding, 2,000 milligrams of Choline a day, which is almost four times the recommended amount. And Choline is extremely safe, by the way. It’s very safe. I mean, what’s the side effect of Choline? You have a huge amount of Choline, you might get like a fishy smell, a fishy odor, huge amounts. But that’s a lot better than having liver disease. So and 2000 milligrams will not cause a fishy odor, probably. Normally they want you to have about 550 milligrams a day, but only 10% of Americans get 550 milligrams a day. And by the way, that’s really important when you’re pregnant, lacking Choline can lead to serious birth defects. So it’s a really important nutrient. Sadly, it’s not in a lot of prenatal vitamins. Can you imagine? I don’t understand it. So let’s get back to this. So group of adults, they’re are on tube feeding. They had fatty liver. They gave them Choline and it completely ameliorated, it completely resolved the fatty liver. But those not given the 2000 milligrams of Choline, they went on going just the way it was. They retained their fatty liver. Now, I mentioned that 90% of people who are morbidly obese have a fatty liver and 65% of people who are overweight. This is very common in diabetics also. And I can’t give you the exact number, because the problem is a lot of diabetics are really overweight. But if you look at normal weight, diabetics, 20% of them have fatty liver, 20% of normal weight diabetics have fatty liver. So really important, you need to get Choline into your life. You need it for your memory. You need it for your immune system. You need it for your heart. You need it for your muscles. You needed to help prevent cancer because it methylate your genes. You need it for your liver. I mean, you really need it for your liver. You really need it for your liver. So I want to thank you for listening to today’s episode. Oh, and by the way, Krill will ensure that you’re getting choline, especially in the best form. That’s really good for your liver and really good for your brain called phosphatidylcholine, so Krill, a great source, get a good krill, get a nice, fresh, clean krill. I want to thank you for listening to today’s episode. You can find all of our episodes wherever you listen to podcasts and this is for free or just go to Invitehealth.com/podcast and please subscribe or leave a review. You can also follow InVite on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at InVite Health. I hope to see you next time on another episode of the InViteⓇ Health Podcast. This is Jerry Hickey signing off and thank you so much for listening today.† [00:20:42]
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B-Complex Explained – InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode 518
Hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro: Welcome to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast, where our degreed healthcare professionals are excited to offer you the most important health and wellness information you need to make informed choices about your health. You can learn more about the products discussed in each of these episodes and all that InViteⓇ Health has to offer at www.invitehealth.com/podcast. First time customers can use promo code PODCAST at checkout for an additional 15% off your first purchase. Let’s get started!
Amanda Williams, MPH:
[00:00:39] Getting to the basics of a B-complex. This is always a subject that comes up when people are trying to decide if they should do a single B-vitamin or if they should do a comprehensive B-complex. Depending upon what your health concerns are, generally speaking, utilizing a B-complex is going to be the first choice. Now you can still potentially need to add in additional, say, B12 on top of your B-complex. But for the most part, a B-complex should give you that coverage that perhaps you’re not getting from your foods. So I’m Amanda Williams, MD, MPH, and let’s talk about what a B-complex is in general.† [00:01:20]
[00:01:21] So we know that there’s 11 different vitamins that make up a B-complex. So those include Vitamin B1, which is thiamin. Vitamin B2, which is riboflavin. B3 is niacin. Then you have B5, which is pantothenic acid. We have B6, which is pyridoxine. B7 is biotin. We have B9, which is folic acid. B10, which is para-aminobenzoic acid. B12, which is cobalamin and then choline and inositol. So choline and inositol are really very unique in terms of what they do. So I just want to kind of do like a brief overview of each individual B-vitamin and for the most part, how they function in the body. Now, keep in mind, they all have multiple functions, so I’m just going to give you some of the the key ways to which these B-vitamins are utilized, which is why it would make sense to take a B-complex to make sure that we’re getting exposure to all of these Bs.† [00:02:23]
[00:02:24] So we know that B1, which is thiamin, this is involved in many different reactions in the body. So we know that it’s very important when it comes to the synthesis of acetylcholine, so for our memory. We certainly know it’s important when it comes to proper metabolism of thyroid hormones. We know it’s important for nerve function. So a reason why someone would maybe take additional B1 by itself, which would be in our Nerve HxⓇ formulation, would be if they had maybe some concerns with different neuropathies, for example. Or maybe they have, you know, a tendency to have high blood sugar levels, then taking additional B1 on top of the B-complex would be incredibly advantageous because we know that when someone has low B1, we can have issues with memory, we can have issues with, you know, that pins and needles feeling in the, in your fingers and your toes. Certainly fatigue. Mood disorders are oftentimes linked with Vitamin B1 insufficiencies or deficiencies.† [00:03:32]
[00:03:33] Then we move on to Vitamin B2, which is riboflavin. Now, riboflavin is highly involved in our body’s energy making processes, but we also recognize that we need to have Vitamin B2 when it comes to our immune system and for the production of antibodies. And when we think about tissue repair, we have to have it for the manufacturing or the regeneration of glutathione, which is one of our body’s most important antioxidants. So we see how B2 is used to catalyze different reactions when it comes to carbohydrate and fat and protein metabolism. Certainly very beneficial when it comes to liver health as well.† [00:04:15]
[00:04:16] Then we move on to Vitamin B3, which is niacin. Now niacin, this definitely has many different functions in the body that I think are highly overlooked, one of which is through the process of proper cholesterol transport. So for managing a healthy balance between your good cholesterol and your bad cholesterol and actually niacin is one of the only things out there that has a really innate ability to drive up or increase your good cholesterol. Now it’s really… A lot of doctors actually prescribe a prescription-based niacin because this is one of the one things that we know for sure about niacin is it can help to raise your good cholesterol. But we know that it’s important also for adrenal function. We certainly see how it can be beneficial when it comes to the manufacturing of tryptophan and serotonin, so we think about our mood, when we think about our sleep cycle. And certainly when we think about energy production, so we can see all of the different ways to which Vitamin B3 niacin is incredibly important.† [00:05:25]
[00:05:25] Then we move on to Vitamin B5, which is pantothenic acid, and we know that this is incredibly important when it comes to our immune system and the formation of antibodies when it comes to fatty acids in the body, how we actually move those fatty acids around so they can be made into energy. We can see how Vitamin B5 also really helps in terms of supporting our red blood cell production, as well as supporting our adrenal glands.† [00:05:57]
[00:05:58] So all of these little vitamins, they all have significant actions in the body and we don’t want to overlook them, which is why a B-complex containing all 11 of these B-vitamins is so very important, and we can see different reasons as to why someone, you know, could potentially have, you know, problems with not getting adequate exposure to these B-vitamins. Many of these B-vitamins are contained in foods that you find in the Mediterranean Diet. If you’re not, you know, if you’re having an ultra processed diet, you’re probably not getting much exposure to these very important B-vitamins.† [00:06:39]
[00:06:40] Now let’s move on to Vitamin B6. This is pyridoxine. Now pyridoxine, this is really quite interesting. This has many functions once again when we look at our sleep cycle, when we look at the production of hydrochloric acid within our gut, when we look at the transfer of different amino acid groups and the metabolism of amino acids. We know it’s highly important when it comes to the way that our body detoxifies, so through the methylation reactions for vascular support to make sure we don’t have inflammation occurring within our blood vessels. So we know that Vitamin B6, this is a big one when it comes to the neurotransmitter support, when it comes to the detoxification. Very, very important B-vitamin.† [00:07:29]
[00:07:30] And then we look at biotin. Now, many people think about biotin in the setting of, for our hair and our skin and our nails. And certainly we know that biotin, which is Vitamin B7, we know that this functions in our body to help to strengthen our nails. We know that it also works to enhance insulin sensitivity. We know that we require biotin when it comes to fatty acid synthesis. So we think about, once again, our mood, our energy levels, our skin health, our hair health, nervous system health and, once again, natural sources of biotin oftentimes are not included in a standard American diet, but certainly exposure to, you know, foods that are contained within a Mediterranean diet, you would get a better exposure because we’re looking at things like walnuts and pecans are really wonderful sources. Almonds, some of the cruciferous vegetables have a really nice source of biotin. But is it going to be enough? This is why taking a B-complex is always advantageous.† [00:08:41]
[00:08:43] Then we move on to folic acid, which is B9. We can see once again that folic acid plays a really important role when it comes to the way our body detoxifies. We know that we need to have folate for the synthesis of hemoglobin. Remember, we have to have hemoglobin for the transport of oxygen. We also know that when it comes to just our early development that folic acid plays a really key factor in the way that the central nervous system develops. We know that we need to have folic acid for the conversion of dopamine. So we’re looking at neurotransmitter production again. We’re looking at cardiovascular. We know it’s essential for the way that our cellular DNA is working.† [00:09:29]
[00:09:30] And then we take another step and we say B12. So now we’re moving down the the 11 B-vitamins in that B-complex. So Vitamin B12 is cobalamin, and we certainly know that most people associate B12 with energy, and we know that it’s clearly a regulator when it comes to DNA production in the body. We know it’s important in conjunction with folic acid when it comes to the detoxification pathways and energy production. And we can also see how it is required for red blood cell metabolism. It’s required for proper digestion. There’s a lot of different moving parts when it comes to B12. When we think about carnitine, the amino acid carnitine is highly reliant on B12 in terms for allowing the fatty acids to be generated into energy.† [00:10:31]
[00:10:33] So now we can start to see, yeah, we need these B-vitamins. These are pretty darn important. And then we add in the choline and the inositol. So this is what rounds out our complete B-complex. Choline is very key when we think about the making of acetylcholine, and acetylcholine is our primary neurotransmitter that’s involved with memory. We know that choline is essential for just normal brain function, for liver function. It aids in the metabolism of the fats that we take in and then we inositol. Now, this is really a unique B-vitamin as well. We know that inositol is very integral when it comes to its ability to create kind of a calming effect within the brain, but it’s also required for that cell to cell communication. So with our brain cells being able to communicate properly, then we get better and more effective release of those key neurotransmitters. So we can see why inositol oftentimes is utilized in traditional medicine when it comes to treatment for things like depression and panic disorders and anxiety. We know that we need to have inositol when it comes to the metabolism of our sex hormones. We know it’s key when it comes to the metabolism of fats throughout the body.† [00:11:59]
[00:12:00] So there are many different ways in which a B-complex is yielding us incredibly comprehensive support. So when people ask me, “Should I take a B-complex, like I’m already taking a multivitamin, should I also take a B-complex?” I always say knowing that out of those 11 B-vitamins, they have so many different responsibilities and actions to do in our body each and every single day, it would be incredibly advantageous to add in a B-complex to your daily routine. So you can look at our B-Complex 100 as a perfect example. So you’re getting all 11 of those essential B-vitamins to really support your mood and your energy and your overall wellness.† [00:12:44]
[00:12:45] So that is all that I have for you for today. I want to thank you so much for tuning into the InViteⓇ Health Podcast. Remember, you can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting invitehealth.com/podcast. Now, do make sure that you subscribe and you leave us a review. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and we will see you next time for another episode of the InViteⓇ Health Podcast.† [00:12:45]