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choline, betaine, lecithin

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Created January 27, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Are these substances nutritionally equivalent? Is the choline you take from eggs, liver etc. "superior" to the betaine you find in wheat bran or the lecithin you find in supplements?

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Thank you. Is it OK if my diet includes a lot of betaine but little choline? Generally, I eat salads (with lots of extra virgnin olive oil), muscle meat, cheese, fish and wheat bran.

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Different names for different compounds.

Choline and betaine are different but related compounds. Betaine being an oxidized (not a bad kind of oxidation) version of choline. Lecithins contain choline as part of their structure.

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Thank you. Is it OK if my diet includes a lot of betaine but little choline? Generally, I eat salads (with lots of extra virgnin olive oil), muscle meat, cheese, fish and wheat bran.

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