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Lecithin

Lecithin Benefits

Lecithin, originally isolated by Theodore Nicolas Gobley from egg yolk, is a term now frequently used to describe any of a number of fatty substances with health benefits that occur naturally in a number of plants and animals. Soy lecithin is one formulation that has become popular as a supplement for lowering levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Additionally, soy lecithin is said to increase HDL, otherwise known as good cholesterol, and to provide added benefits to patients already on a medication for treating high cholesterol. There are a number of additional uses for lecithin, though most benefits fall in line with the nervous and circulatory systems.

Lecithin is a necessary component of every cell in the human body. Considered a keystone in the construction of cells, lecithin prevents the hardening of cell membranes. Healthy cells lead to a healthier body, and the membranes are a critical part in monitoring a cell's intake and output. Protecting cells is integral in maintaining a body's resistance to many diseases that attack damaged cells. Phospholipids such as lecithin are produced in certain amounts throughout the major organs of the body (such as the heart, liver and kidney) but can be supplemented to further enhance unrealized benefits.

In addition to the cardiovascular benefits of lecithin, there are indications that lecithin helps to restore livers that have been damaged as well as working with neurological functions such as memory to improve the brain's effectiveness. Since lecithin is essentially composed of fat, it can act as a protective wall or sheath throughout the body to protect and strengthen membranes and prevent detrimental debris from sticking. Internal parts and mechanisms that may be affected negatively by hardening, such as arteries, are kept malleable by lecithin in a natural way through supplementation. Patients suffering from atherosclerosis often start a regimen of lecithin in an effort to reverse the condition's effects.

As a tool for heart health, lecithin also works to reverse and prevent damages that may arise from coronary artery disease. Preventing cholesterol and other fats from sticking is a vital function for the overall health of anyone with a predisposition to heart disease and other cardiovascular afflictions. The lubrication provided by lecithin creates a slippery lining on which it is difficult for large, fatty deposits to adhere. When large deposits of fat cannot adhere to specific regions of the body, they are transported to the liver where they are metabolized and converted to energy. Improved circulation seen as a result of lecithin supplementation helps to prevent blood clots and maintain the health of the liver through which excess fats and energy-providing substances will pass. Lecithin is also believed to have positive effects in the repair of livers damaged by any number of conditions, including excess consumption of alcohol or other toxins.

Lecithin has shown, in addition to the heart, circulatory and metabolic benefits, a tendency to aid the brain in memory and learning. Studies conducted on the effects of lecithin on the brain lean towards a conclusion that users of the supplement are likely to experience increased memory and ability to recall specific information. The benefits of lecithin on the brain are promising to patients who may be suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other memory-specific neurological conditions. Improved memory and recall is a sign of a brain's overall standard of health, and may imply benefits that extend to orientation and cognitive thought processes.

Lecithin can be used as a tool to help the body recover from previously identified conditions or shortcomings, as well as for preventive purposes. Individuals with a history of any neurological or cardiovascular condition may take lecithin as a supplement to lessen their chances of a recurring issue. Additionally, those with a genetic background indicating certain conditions may occur could take lecithin for preventive reasons. The supplement lecithin should be taken regularly for the most consistent results.




Lecithin Herb Notes / Side Effects

The desired effect of a lecithin supplement can be seen when taking it in normal doses, though overdose can result in several alarming conditions. Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting or other intestinal distress may be a sign of overdose or intolerance and should warrant the advice of a physician immediately. Side effects are rarely experienced by lecithin users and generally arise as a result of overdosing or improper attention to supplementation guidelines.

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madethatway 's avatar  madethatway 15/01/2014 22:58

I'm a bit confused.

According to Wikipedia, "A growing body of evidence indicates lecithin is converted by gut bacteria into trimethylamine-N-oxide(TMAO), which is released into circulation, and may with time contribute to atherosclerosis and heart attacks."

So who does one believe? Anecdotal hype? Commercialism and its assorted vested interests? The hoodoo voodoo yippy hippy brigade? Wikipedia?

While I tend to take hype with a grain of salt (particularly the commercial and anecdotal varieties), it's fairly clear that we can ignore the medical profession, given that it's entirely clueless and of no knowledgeable help whatsoever. After all, it only 'knows' what drug companies tell it. But we can all trust drug companies, right?

As for 'science' - well, that's difficult to ascertain; the vast majority of trials and research are funded by companies and individuals with vested interests and therefore a biased outcome is usually manipulated to dictate desired 'results', rather than facts and truth.

It's a tough one. I guess if it hasn't killed you after 30 years of continued, daily use, then it must be what all the hype says it is, right?

signalfire1 's avatar  signalfire1 13/11/2011 17:32

Lecithin is like magic!  I would not be without it.  I take 2 capsules every morning and another 2  in early evening if I need to be 'on' for the night, like talking with friends or working late.  It has the effect of turning the brain on in much the same way as caffeine, but with a real boost to memory and word recall. It (along with pregnenolone, another one I would not be without) makes me feel as thought I have my full IQ and vocabulary available to me, rather than that 'tip of the tongue' feeling that can make you feel dumb and tongue-tied.  It would be an excellent supplement for anyone needing to write for a living, or just for fun. 

As to the cholesterol-lowering abilities, I cannot say as my cholesterol has always been low, but at age 58 (female), it still runs only 150 for total cholesterol.  My diet is about 90% vegetarian so animal fat intake is limited to an occasional egg or fish (maybe once a month).  After over 10 years supplementing with it, I have found no side effects whatsoever except that because it turns your brain on, if you take it at night, you might have a bit of trouble sleeping.

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Me 's avatar  Me 18/10/2013 21:31

I am on day 4 of taking 3 tbsps daily of granular lecithin. As I am not far enough into the program I have nothing to report. I will keep you posted!

Psalm139irene 's avatar  Psalm139irene 23/07/2012 02:15

I have been taking Lecithin granules now for 14 years or more, and I would not be without it. I sprinkle it on my fruit, flax seed, yogourt, etc for breakfast, or supper.

My HDL is always an amazing (to the Doctors, anyway) 89-90 - cholesterol and LDL  are excellent too..
So come on people start taking this wonderful product as well.
I am also a vegetarian  of 33 years....eat a very healthy and varied diet.

Zahidrandhawa 's avatar  Zahidrandhawa 22/07/2012 05:00

what is the best source of lecithin out of fennel,flea seed ,small fennel,and fenugreek seed. kindly also guide for the proper dose( gm./ day)

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