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ISLAND SUN - AUGUST 7, 2015
Can Affect Blood
Pressure And POTS
by Suzy Cohen, RPh
on POTS is one of
the most well-traf-
ficked articles on my
entire website. POTS
is the acronym for
can make you feel dizzy and lightheaded
when you first stand up. It’s really com-
mon and it’s much more complex than
I’ve described here. I have more news for
you.A study published in The FASEB
Journal highlights why certain medica-
tions that block acetylcholine breakdown
are often extremely helpful for POTS
This new study closely examined cho-
line which feeds your cell membranes
and connective tissue. The scientists
researched “fibroblasts” cells which they
extracted from POTS patients who were
deficient in choline. Interestingly, these
patients were also deficient in betaine
which is an amino acid and a methyl
donor sold as a dietary supplement.
Anyway, the scientists looked at choline
transport and cell membrane health as
well as mitochondrial function in their
tissue samples and compared them to
healthy cells from patients without POTS.
Before I tell you the ending, let me
first tell you what choline is. It’s a nutrient
found in foods like beef liver, eggs and
milk and it can be made in the liver. It’s
critical to making membranes and “wrap-
pers” for all your cells so it’s important
for connective tissue and blood vessels.
Choline is helpful for making your nerve
cells talk to each other properly. It is
needed for acetylcholine production;
acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter best
known for supporting memory.
The study ties up the fact that choline
deficiency is bad for a POTS patient.
The researchers found that choline
deficient cells all had disrupted cell mem-
branes! That means they can’t communi-
The protein carrier used to transport
choline around the cells was two to three
times lower in POTS fibroblasts and the
ability to utilize choline was decreased
by a whopping 60 percent! Choline
deficiency hurts your mitochondria, too,
and leads to poor oxygen consumption.
Basically, your cells can’t breathe, can’t
make energy and can’t talk to each other.
They also noticed poor blood sugar con-
trol and impaired electrical activity within
the mitochondria. Taken together, this
means a ton of cellular trouble.
It’s the first study of its kind to show
that people with POTS have a break-
down in cell membrane integrity. I’ve said
this for many years, and I’ll say it again:
It’s all about your cell membrane! The
research proved when choline was sup-
plied to the POTS cells, healthy function
returned. There are millions of people
struggling with POTS.
The POTS research certainly suggests
that choline is a major player. Choline-
rich foods include egg yolks and beef
liver. We live in an egg-yolk phobic soci-
ety and not many people are much into
beef liver either. Methylation difficulties
which most people have also contributes
to POTS. You can read more about
methylation and POTS at my website
where I will post the longer version of this
In the meantime, ask your physician
if choline is right for you. It’s sold every-
where but remember, just because a study
is positive doesn’t mean it’s right for you
so have an intelligent discussion about
this with your doctor.
This information is not intended
to treat, cure or diagnose your condi-
tion. Suzy Cohen is the author of The
24-Hour Pharmacist and is a registered
pharmacist. To contact her, visit www.
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