A great variety of lecithin benefits are supported by a great variety of scientific studies, resulting in a great deal of lecithin popularity in the modern world.
Lecithin is a lipid that is mostly made up of choline, but also includeslinoleic acid, phosphorus and inositol and it is found in every living cell as a primary part of the cell membrane.
Main ingredient of lecithin is PC- phosphatidylcholine which is assumed to be responsible for lecithin’s medicinal effect. When you eat lecithin rich foods or take supplements, it is broken down by your body into choline which is vital for the proper functioning of your brain.
It is easy to get sufficient lecithin through including lecithin rich foods in your diet, such as fish, beans, chick peas, whole grains, yeast, peanuts, soy beans, split peas, cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, lentils, corn, nuts and eggs.
Lecithin supplements, which are generally produced from meat, eggs and soybeans, can still be necessary as the average American diet is usually not sufficient to provide you with the daily lecithin you need. An easy way is to simply sprinkle two tablespoons of lecithin granules be sprinkled on your yogurt, cereals or soup every day.
Lecithin is one of those substances which easily crosses the barrier to the brain and produces an immediate reaction, so with lecithin you usually see the health benefits immediately.
• Inositol and choline in lecithin protect against hardening of the arteries by promoting normal processing of fat and cholesterol, by preventing the build-up of bad cholesterols and fat on the walls of the heart, which may be fatal. This also helps improve cardiovascular health, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
• The fats in the blood of the elderly seem to return to normal in a much shorter period if they take lecithin before a fatty meal.
• Choline in lecithin is believed to help with a healthy pregnancy and infant development.
• Egg lecithin is claimed to ease symptoms of AIDS, herpes and chronic fatigue.
• Lecithin raises the good cholesterol and lowers the triglycerides and bad cholesterol- LDL in the blood.
• Helps keep the liver and kidneys functioning properly and restores the damaged liver caused by alcoholism. Prevents fat from accumulating in livers, by dispersing it and helping in its breakdown.
• Helps prevent gallstones and promotes gallbladder health.
• Aids in vitamin A and thiamin absorption.
• Boosts physical performance in endurance sports.
• Improves the brain’s memory function, helps those with Alzheimer’s, dementia or amnesia. Lecithin can create alertness in older people.
• Helps prevent arteriosclerosis.
• Supports healthy breast cells and glandular functioning which is why you will find lecithin in breast enhancement supplements.
• May help digest fat and fat soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D and E.
• Increases the amount of prostate secretion and the volume of the ejaculation. Male sperm contains significant amounts of lecithin.
• Eliminates the plaques around the eyes or on your skin caused by fatty deposits.
• May act as a natural tranquilizer which is beneficial in nervous exhaustion.
• Used for weight loss as it helps with the breakdown and metabolism of fats- especially soy lecithin.
Lecithin Side Effects:
Along with various lecithin benefits, you may experience minimal side effects as well, if you are going over the recommended daily allowance of 30 to 50 grams. These include:
• Bad breath Bad body odor