Lecithin is a phospholipid made up of choline, inositol and linoleic acid. It is necessary for the maintenance of healthy cell membranes and needed by every cell in the body. Cell membranes regulate the passage of nutrients and other necessaries into and out of the cells, thereby maintaining the processes necessary for life.
Lecithin aids the absorption of Vitamin B-1 (thiamine) in the liver and of Vitamin A in the intestines and is a well-tolerated, rich, natural source of phosphatidylcholine. When taken before meals, lecithin also helps us to digest and absorb fat-soluble vitamins.
Lecithin is an emulsifier that facilitates the removal of fats and cholesterol from the body and may be useful for those at risk of arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. If you are taking niacin for healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels take lecithin as well.
Due to its choline content, this ubiquitous phospholipid improves brain function and enhances memory, especially short-term memory. Choline is used to make acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is needed for communication between the brain and the central nervous system and for optimum nerve and brain function. Deficiency can lead to neurological disorders. Lecithin is also protects the sheaths around the brain.
In addition, lecithin promotes energy and may be useful for chronic fatigue syndrome. It also may help people with MS, herpes, high blood pressure, obesity and liver damage from alcohol.
- Keep out of the reach of children.
- Excessive doses may cause diarrhea and nausea in some people.