Lecithin is a vital component of cell membranes that acts as an emulsifier (a substance that keeps fats in solution in the blood). As you know, fats and water do not normally stay mixed together but separate into layers.

Lecithin Facts:

  • Lecithin is a fatty substance found in many animal and plant based foods, including liver, eggs, soybeans, peanuts, cabbage, cauliflower and wheat germ.
  • Lecithin is often added to processed foods – including ice cream, chocolate, margarine and salad dressings – to help blend, the fats with water.

Health Benefits of Lecithin:

  • Lecithin helps prevent the build-up of fats within the liver, improve the flow of fats and cholesterol through the liver and gall bladder, and help the liver to rid the body of dangerous toxins.
  • Lecithin is especially helpful in the treatment of gallbladder and liver diseases such as hepatitis, cirrhosis. The results of a 10-year study on baboons showed that it prevented severe liver scarring and cirrhosis caused by alcohol abuse.
  • Lecithin helps the liver to rid the body of toxins in patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer
  • Lecithin plays a role in reproduction and in fetal and infant development.
  • Lecithin helps relieve heartburn symptoms.

Recommended Dosage of Lecithin: Softgels are a popular form of lecithin supplement. There is no RDA for lecithin, although some experts recommend 550 mg for men and 425 mg for women.

Guidelines for use: Lecithin should be taken with meals to enhance absorption.

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How to Buy Lecithin Supplement:

  • Lecithin supplements vary widely in the amount of their active ingredient, phosphatidylcholine. To be effective, lecithin should have a concentration of 35% or more.

Possible Side Effects of Lecithin: In high doses, lecithin may cause sweating, nausea, vomiting, bloating and diarrhea.

Reminder: If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor before taking supplements.

“This post was originally published on August 2, 2012 @ 03:30”

Health Benefits of Lecithin

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