The best stomach stabilizer. It’s a water-soluble B vitamin called choline.  It amazing for nausea, throwing up and dizziness.  In this video we are going to cover foods that contain choline, who needs choline, where does it come from, when/how you should take it, how it helps the liver, metabolism/weight loss and why it’s so important.  Tip – if you live in USA, it’s almost guaranteed to be deficiency. By the way, if you don’t need to lose weight, you still need choline. 

In my clinical experience, there is no one treatment, therapy or pill that works on every case of nausea, throwing up or dizziness but you should know about this natural medicine. Hi, I’m Dr Jason West and I post about real people, real conditions, treatments, patient success stories and most importantly hope.  You are NOT your diagnosis.  If you’d like more information about choline or have medical questions go to www.askanymedicalquestion, and please like and share the video

Stomach problems – if it’s working chances are you’re pretty healthy.  If it’s not, you’re going to be sick or not performing at high levels.  Choline is a “new” B vitamin recognized as an essential nutrient by the institute of medicine in 1998.  It’s a “kinda” vitamin. Humans can synthesize choline.  You get choline from your diet in the form of lecithin (aka phosphatidyl choline).  This is important because it can cross the blood brain barrier more efficiently. According to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, the mean dietary intake of choline is well below recommended intake.  It primarily comes from egs, liver, peanuts, fish, and brown rice.  Vegetables like spinach and beets provide the choline metabolite or partner called betaine.  Betaine cannot be converted to choline but can spare some choline pathways which makes choline more efficient.  Lecithin comes from eggs, raw soybeans, food additives and dietary supplements. 

So choline helps with neurologic activities because it is the precursor for acetylcholine a neurotransmitter.  A neurotransmitter is a chemical substance that is released at the end of a nerve fiber by the arrival of a nerve impulse and, by diffusing across the synapse or junction, causes the transfer of the impulse to another nerve fiber, a muscle fiber, or some other structure.  This regulates movement functions, coordination, and muscle stimulation/contraction. 

Choline plays a critical role in the higher level cerebrocortical functions of thoughts, memory and intellect. It improve absorption of fats and transports fats from the liver to the body.

It is a structural component of red blood cells.

  • It combines with betaine to form amino acids and protein.
  • It improves memory and cognitive function.
  • It my clinical experience, it is useful for reducing tremors associated with disease of the nervous system.

Dosage is 550-3,500mg/day. 

If you don’t have enough choline, nausea, upset stomach, fatigue, risk factor

Side Effects and Warnings:

  • The potential for serious toxicity with choline is very low. Oral ingestion of large doses of choline salts such as choline chloride can produce nausea, diarrhea, and dizziness. Oral doses of choline can also produce an unpleasant “fishy” odor. This is due to gut bacteria metabolizing the choline and releasing the odorous substance trimethylamine.

Symptoms of Deficiency:

  • Those with an increased need for choline include – Alzheimer’s Disease, memory disorders, manic/depression, Parkinson’s, tremors etc. 

As a bonus bit – I have found choline to be helpful for weight.  Why?  Because it helps to mobilize and transport fats.  If you combine choline with balancing physiology, body scheduling and intermittent fasting. It’s dynamite.  For ways to incorporate choline into your weight loss program, just reach out to us –

In summary, choline is a kind of vitamin.  It can be synthesize if you are getting enough lecithin from eggs, liver, raw soybeans, peanuts rice and it’s partner betaine of beets and spinach.  It’s important to calm down an upset stomach, improve neurotransmitters, and protects not only nerves but also cells.

Choline is available not only in food form but in food insurance form, that’s what I call supplements.  If would like a write up or done-for-you choline pack, please email us as or call 208-232-3216.

I am Dr Jason West. I post about real people, conditions, treatments and medical breakthroughs. If you want specific information or want me to create a presentation on a specific topic, please reach out to me.  You are not your diagnosis. There’s a person in there and the most important vitamin/mineral to take is the that you need.  See you on the next video.

Food Sources:

  • The richest source of dietary choline is egg yolk. Other good sources include organ meats, wheat germ, soybeans, peanuts, and legumes.


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DISCLAIMER: Statements made are for educational purposes and have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition or disease, please talk to your doctor prior to using the recommendations given.

Choline Patient Snapshot


  • Some of the uses of choline as a dietary supplement include:
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Manic/Depressive illness (Bipolar disease)
    • Memory enhancement and memory related disorders
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Tardive dyskinesia



550 – 3,500mg daily

ODA** Same as DRI

  • The Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) are the most recent set of dietary recommendations established by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, 1997-2001. They replace previous RDAs, and may be the basis for eventually updating the RDIs.

**The Optimum Daily Allowance (ODA) represents a reference level beyond the RDI, and is often many times higher than the RDI to prevent diseases such as aging or cancer. These numbers are based on clinical use.

Special Concerns:

  • If you are taking prescription or non-prescription medications, have a pre-existing medical condition, or are pregnant and/or breastfeeding, talk with your healthcare provider before taking any dietary supplement.
  • Choline supplements may produce mild gastrointestinal upset, such as nausea, gas and bloating. Oral doses of choline can also produce an unpleasant “fishy” odor.
  • Do not take if there is an allergy to any component of this dietary supplement.
  • Those with an increased need for choline include:
    • Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Manic Depression
    • Memory related disorders
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Tardive Dyskinesia
  • The following medications may deplete choline from the body. When taking these medications, it is best to supplement your diet with choline:
    • None known

DISCLAIMER: Statements made are for educational purposes and have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition or disease, please talk to your doctor prior to using the recommendations given.