Do I need lecithin? Could every one of us benefit from using lecithin?
If lecithin, or Phosphatidyl Choline (PC) were a drug instead of a natural food, your doctor would probably be prescribing it to help your brain, nervous system, cardiovascular system, liver and other vital parts of your body. Few other nutrients do so much in so many ways to improve and preserve good health and youthful vigor.
Why? PC is the basic building block of the membranes of every cell in the body. Without PC, cells age faster and do not function optimally. PC also helps encourage healthy fat metabolism by emulsifying fat. Taking PC has a dramatic impact on our health, particularly the health of the liver, which then effects many other organs. PC is found in nuts, seeds, dandelion greens, and egg yolks: foods we consume too littleof to get an optimal intake of PC. Most adults do not get enough of this valuable nutrient. Lecithin supplements are most often derived from soy, but don’t contain soy proteins, so they’re safe to use even if you have a soy allergy.
Food products that contains soy lecithin should be safe for all but the most highly allergic (to soy) person.
Here’s what can happen if you’re not getting enough PC in your diet:
- Poor liver function/fatty liver
- Gallstone formation
- Premenstrual syndrome, fibroid tumors, fibrocystic breast disease, and other hormonal
- disorders in women
- Poor memory
- Nerve degeneration
- High cholesterol
Here are some benefits of lecithin, or phosphatidyl choline:
THE MEMORY ENHANCER
PC helps the brain make one it’s most important chemical messengers, acetylcholine. Acetylcholine travels between nerve cells, creating and calling up memories. Many people notice better memory function when taking PC. PC may also be useful in treating Alzheimer’s Disease, an ailment caused by acetylcholine deficiency. PC can also be useful in the treatment of tardive dyskinesia, colitis and malaria.
LIVER SUPPORT: supports all aspects of liver function, such as assimilating nutrients, balancing hormones, and eliminating toxins. PC protects the liver against the damage caused by alcohol, pollutants, viruses, medications, mushroom poisoning, and radiation treatment and is very valuable in the treatment of hepatitis.
It emulsifies or breaks down fat and allows it to be metabolized, which in turn affects our ability to eliminate cholesterol. Many processed foods include lecithin to keep fat from clumping, making it a better consistency and more appetizing.
THE ARTERY PROTECTOR
PC lowers plasma homocysteine levels which when elevated can increase our risk to heart and artery disease. PC also increases cells’ sensitivity to insulin, decreasing risk of Type II diabetes. It decreases the buildup of artery-clogging fat and may dissolve existing deposits, making it a strong ally in the prevention and treatment of heart disease. PC also mildly lowers blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.
ABSORPTION OF ANTI-OXIDANTS: lecithin is necessary to absorb the fat-soluble anti-oxidants such as Vitamins D, K, A, and E.
THE ULTIMATE WOMAN’S HEALTH NUTRIENT
PC can help alleviate many estrogen related problems by enabling the li