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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Daniel Arnaud 's avatar  Daniel Arnaud 18/03/2015 12:23

Puzzled: You might want to add a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil daily to you diet and also include turmeric. The coconut oil provides ketones, which the brain uses as an alternative fuel to glucose; and turmeric protects against beta amyloid and tangles. And as others are stating, lecithin helps too. Maybe sunflower lecithin is better than soy lecithin.

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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puzzled 's avatar  puzzled 26/01/2015 20:36

I am concerned for those of you who are vegetarians as our brain needs high protein to function and to prevent Dementia. I've been eating lots of vegi and very little meat nowadays but felt my brain isn't working as well in memory, recall, or analyzing. What do you do to give the nutrients your brain needs?

ShamimH 's avatar  ShamimH 29/10/2014 16:52

Here are some more news on Lecithin's ability to not only prevent cancer but given at the first sign of Cancer is also a cure. Case - my brother in Law in Australia had two spots on his lungs. His wife was already on Lecithin started giving his two 1200 mg capsules everyday. When a week later went to the Hospital the two spots in his lungs had a white crust and no other signs of Cancer in his body (one way to measure is the count of White Blood cells). Subsequently a biopsy from his lung and samples of his Spinal fluid proved that his cancerous cell were no longer in his body.

Kris 's avatar  Kris 26/10/2014 20:17

Many years ago I was suffering something terrible from psorias on my hands. I was on some heavy duty medicine & nothing was helping. Then a friend suggested I try lecithin. I figured it wouldn't hurt & it was far more cheaper than all the medicine & salves I have been trying. It was like a miracle! As soon as I started taking it my hands improved practically over night. To this day, I still take my lecithin. 2 capsules every morning & I have not had a reoccurance.

ShamimH 's avatar  ShamimH 12/09/2014 02:18

Lecithin is effective in preventing and turning around Cancerous cells. Lecithin is an emulsifier that dissolves all the fat deposit and allowing blood to flow and provide nutrition to all the cells in the body. Dissolved fat is the source of energy for cells. I have now two cases of a Dog belonging to a friend in Facebook. The dog a female had seizures, I told her to give two Lecithin capsules everyday. Her Vet who is also on FB eventually had the dog referred to a surgeon. And they removed a small tumor from her head. Two weeks later she took her to Texas A&M for her scheduled Chemo - turned out she did not need one. Her cancerous cells just disappeared. Now, knowing that Lecithin will prevent cells from going bad and reviving cancerous worked for brother in law who lives Australia. Two weeks ago they found two spots in his lungs. I talked to him on the phone and immediate told him to take two Lecithin Capsules everyday. As he reported back to the Hospital for exam and chemo - the spots were gone. All tests showed no signs of cancer. LECITHIN WILL PREVENT AND CURE CANCER. And my remember my name - Shamim, my analysis proved to be correct. SO IF YOU KNOW ANYONE WHO HAS CANCER GET HIM OR HER TO TAKE LECITHIN - AT LEAST TWO OR FOUR 1200 MG CAPSULES EVERYDAY. TRY IT, IT WILL WORK.

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