What Is Sphingomyelin & What Foods Can I Find It In?

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.

They are all essential structural components of cell membranes.

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

Sphingomyelin in cells

Sphingomyelin is the most abundant and widely distributed phospholipid in cells.

It is found in cell membranes and has a wide range of important functions.

It acts as a structural component of the cell membrane and is involved in the transport of a variety of substances, like, nutrients, hormones, ions, lipids and proteins.

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)

Foods You Can Find Sphingomyelin In

You find Sphingomyelin mostly in egg, sausage and luncheon meat, poultry, and beef products.

Examples of food sources include

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