Our featured ingredient of the month is choline bitartrate, which is found in the products Defcon1 and Black Ops. Choline bitartrate is a form of the nutrient choline which is found in foods. Since the body is unable to make choline, it is considered an essential nutrient. Choline is necessary for normal liver and kidney function and a component of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, a chemical that facilitates communication between the nerves and muscles.


Benefits of Choline Bitartrate


Studies show taking choline bitartrate has many health benefits for athletes. In addition to keeping you focused and on the ball through your training session, the following benefits have been documented:


Swimming. Swimmers in Northeastern University study who took choline bitartrate reported an increase in pre-workout vigor and decreased fatigue after workouts.1


Basketball. A study was conducted on basketball players at Northeastern University, Harvard and Holy Cross. The researchers note the players who received the choline supplement were less fatigued and felt more vigorous before and after practice as well.1


Other physical benefits of taking choline bitartrate supplements include the following:2


  • Clears the liver of fatty build-up
  • Strengthens cell membranes
  • Promotes healthy breast tissue
  • Speeds up recovery time
  • Increases cardiovascular efficiency
  • Reduce cholesterol3
  • Decrease blood pressure3


Mental benefits of taking choline bitartrate have been documented as well:


  • Improved long term memory
  • Better short term memory
  • Increased focus and alertness
  • Less brain fog
  • Controlled mood swings
  • Treatment for Alzheimer’s disease3


Choline Deficiency Symptoms


According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, only ten percent of the U.S. population has sufficient choline levels. The survey also notes many people who are choline deficient have few symptoms.4


For those that do show signs of deficiency, the symptoms can range from mild to severe:5


  • Inability to concentrate or pay attention
  • Poor learning skills
  • Slow information processing
  • Poor memory and recollection skills
  • Fatty liver
  • Kidney necrosis
  • Increased fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Accumulation of lipids in the blood


Taking Defcon1 or Black Ops will provide you with the choline your body needs.




For optimum performance, it is suggested a person take 500 mg of choline bitartrate. The Food and Nutrition Board of the U.S. Institute of Medicine has listed the tolerable upper intake level at 3.5 g per day for adults.6


For athletes looking to improve their athletic performance, getting sufficient levels of choline bitartrate is critical. Both Defcon1 and Black Ops products have serving sizes of 500mg each and are designed to help you get the nutrients you need to reach your fitness goals.











Article By:

 Jeff White



Jeff White is a certified personal trainer, author and wellness coach. He believes a strong mind and body go hand in hand, and both are needed for optimum performance. Jeff is the author of the award winning and Amazon Best Seller The 3 Pillars of Strength: Increasing Your Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Fitness.