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What Is Sphingomyelin?

Sphingomyelin is a member of the Choline family, it belongs to the choline phospholipids. Choline is a complex essential nutrient involved in several diverse body functions.

Choline is used in the synthesis of certain phospholipids, sphingomyelin, and phosphatidylcholine, and that are essential structural components of cell membranes.

Sphingomyelin In The Body

Sphingomyelin is a fat-soluble nutrient. (source 🗗)

Sphingomyelin is found in cell membranes and in the fatty sheath that envelops myelinated nerve fibers. (source 🗗)

Sphingomyelin are absorbed intact and finally distributed to tissues and other organs, including the brain and placenta. (source)

Different Cholines

There are several different cholines, but the most common sources of choline in foods are sphingomyelin, phosphatidylcholine, phosphocholine, glycerophosphocholine, and free choline.(source)

Sphingomyelin In Food

Foods that are particularly rich in choline are animal-based products, like meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, and eggs.(source 🗗)

If you are interested in a list of foods where you can find this nutrient. Go to our nutrition tool and check out sphingomyelin.

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