Diets low in zinc can induce measureable reductions in the activity of the immune system. These reductions occur relatively quickly—in as few as four weeks after starting a low-zinc diet—and are reversible upon getting zinc back into the body.
Without pantothenic acid, you would be unable to use fats, carbohydrates, or proteins as energy sources. You would also be unable to make hormones and your immune system would collapse. These are only some of the important functions that pantothenic acid has.
We list three excellent sources of pantothenic acid—cauliflower, crimini mushrooms, and shiitake mushrooms. We list eight very good sources and 38 good sources.
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9. Aids in Immune Function
Generally speaking, we remove unwanted chemicals from our blood in the liver and kidney, and this process involves two steps. The first of these two steps is to make the chemicals more water soluble to allow for the second step of binding and removal. The number of nutrients required for this first step is long, but vitamin B6 is clearly one of the most important. It is so important that researchers can induce liver dysfunction in animals by feeding them a pyridoxine-depleted diet.
Other Health Support Roles
Preliminary research on inflammation-related chronic diseases has shown likely connections between the risk of these diseases and B6 deficiency. Interestingly, in addition to increased risk of these conditions in association with B6 deficiency, the presence of chronic inflammatory conditions also appears to be associated with depletion of vitamin B6.
In animal studies, B6 has been shown to play a role in the development of healthy immune system function. This potential health benefit from B6 appears to be associated with its role in metabolism of the amino acid tryptophan.
is an essential nutrient in the production of phosphatidylcholine, one of the most important structural building blocks of a living cell. Its unique soap-like structure helps to keep the membrane fluid, yet mostly impermeable.
Given importance of phosphatidylcholine to all cellular forms, it's not surprising that we find choline so widespread in different foods. In most diets, phophatidylcholine is the single most common form of choline provided by foods.
Nervous System Activity
Choline is the backbone of a nervous system signal molecule—or neurotransmitter—called acetylcholine. The importance of acetylcholine cannot be overstated. The part of your nervous system that runs your heart and keeps your intestines moving along runs largely on acetylcholine. Similarly, any muscle you move requires a signal of acetylcholine to tell it to contract.
Like the action of the heart itself, you really don't need to think or worry about this action of choline. Even in medically supervised situations where people eat diets bizarrely restricted in choline, we don't see these activities break down.
Choline is widely available in most things you eat. You'll get one-quarter to one-third of your daily intake requirement from a single egg. Since over 99% of an egg's choline is located in the yolk, the whites alone aren't very helpful for boosting your choline intake.