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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owen 's avatar  owen 22/04/2015 09:42

I stopped taking Lecithin a long time ago?..
.I don't know why. I have started taking it again and feeling more vibrant I cannot recommend it enough to anyone.

ShamimH 's avatar  ShamimH 17/04/2015 06:40

Lecithin for reasons I have noted before will cure Cancer. Cells get clogged with fat. Lecithin emulsifies the fat. Cell use fat for source of energy, when cells deprived of their source of nutrition i.e. fat, they devise methods to stab into other cells - and what doctors define as Cancer. You take Lecithin the fats are dissolved and blood flows everywhere - cells get their nutrition from the blood with Lecithin transporting the fat cells. I have quite a few now who had terrible cancer and completely reversed and with some the cancerous cells became benign tumors.

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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Randolph A. Schureck  's avatar  Randolph A. Schureck  11/04/2015 03:24

My name is Randolph A. Schureck , I am sharing this with you so that it may help someone with a problem like mine. I have been having great difficulty urinating for several years. It got so bad I consulted a urologist. The doctor put me on two different medications. They both worked but were fairly expensive . I had a bottle of lecithin in my cabinet and for some strange reason I felt a need to take two capsules. I did this every day for a week and I did not take the prescription medication the doctor ordered. I urinated almost normally. I would stop take it and would have urination problems again. Start taking it again and no problem. The supplement is quite cheap , I got two large bottles for nine dollars. All I can say is it helps me urinate. As long as I can put off a prostate operation , I will take lecithin . Hope it helps some. I live in La Grange ,Ky. Se La Vie

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 <a href="http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-turmeric.html">turmeric</A> protects against beta amyloid and tangles. And as others are stating, lecithin helps too. Maybe sunflower lecithin is better than soy lecithin.

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?

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