Lecithin is a mixture of phospholipids (cholin, inositol, etc.), which are essential for every cell of the human body. Lecithin is an integral part of the cell membranes, the protective sheaths surrounding the brain, muscle and nerve cells.
The word "lecithin" comes from the word lekithos, which is Greek for “egg yolk.” Lecithin was first discovered in 1850 when the French scientist Maurice Gobley isolated the compound from an egg yolk.
A number of studies have shown extraordinary benefits of lecithin for health, especially for cardiovascular, nervous system, and brain functions.
Lecithin plays vital role in maintaining brain functions.
Choline is the precursor to acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter responsible for normal brain functioning. Acetylcholine is important for many brain functions including memory, so increasing concentration of this neurotransmitter can result in improved memory. Choline is important for the brain development of infants and for the adults during periods of illness or stress. That’s why lecithin is often referred to as "brain food."
Lecithin is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system.
Lecithin is important in energy production, improves cell oxygen supply, and promotes fat-soluble vitamin A, D, Е and К absorption, which are essential for nourishing every cell in the body.
Various studies indicate that lecithin may positively affect cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Lecithin is a fat emulsifier; it binds with cholesterol and other fats, forming fat-water emulsion, which is then excreted from the body, thus preventing atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases.
Lecithin helps keep the liver healthy. By keeping fats dispersed in water, lecithin prevents these fats from accumulating in the liver. Lecithin is acting as a hepatoprotector, helps in detoxification, may be useful in restoring liver function in a number of ailments including excessive alcohol consumption.
Cholin improves the gallbladder functions, increases the bile secretion; improves bowel movements.
Eggs, liver, soy beans, nuts are all rich with lecithin. One egg for example contains about 400 mg of lecithin, liver (100 g) – 850 mg, oatmeal (100 g) – 650 mg, peanut (100 g) - 113 mg, cheese (100 g) – 100 mg.
There is no universally recognized daily dose of lecithin, but it was calculated that an average person requires between 1,000 and 4,000 mg of lecithinlecithin because of low lecithin content in our diets.
|Supplement Facts, Serving Size 1 Capsule:||Soy lecithin – 520.0 mg.|
|Usage||As a dietary supplement take one capsule with a large glass of water three times daily with meals for 1 month.|