If you are not familiar with the benefits of lecithin and why it’s such an important nutritional ingredient, you will find the following facts interesting.
Lecithin is found in every living cell. Its highest concentration is in the vital organs: the brain, heart, liver and kidneys. In our bodies, it performs a wide range of vital
functions directly affecting our health and well-being.
What Are The Benefits of Lecithin?
Here are some of the benefits lecithin provides:
1. In the brain: Lecithin is a vital compound for the transmission of messages from one nerve to another. This has a proven effect on memory, thinking ability and muscle control.
2. In the bloodstream: Lecithin helps prevent cholesterol and other fats from accumulating on the walls of arteries and may help dissolve deposits that are already there.
3. In the liver: Lecithin metabolizes clogging fat and could reduce the chance of liver degeneration.
4. In the intestinal tract: Lecithin helps the absorption of Vitamins A and D and influences the utilization of other fat-soluble nutrients such as Vitamins E and K.
Lecithin also has positive effects on the skin, nervous system, and how you distribute body fat.
How lecithin works as an emulsifier and as a brain tonic seem to be of the most interest to people.
As an emulsifier, it helps dissolve fats and cholesterol. While fats and oils are essential in your diet, it is important that they journey through your arteries rather than getting deposited on the walls of your blood vessels. Lecithin keeps these fat-like
cholesterol particles in a clear solution so they move through your system properly.
To explain lecithin as a brain tonic, let’s go back to 1975.
That’s when scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discovered that lecithin choline has a prompt effect on the ability of the brain to make an important chemical for nerve signal transmission called acetycholine. In other words, they discovered that lecithin penetrated the blood-brain barrier.
At the time, only a few substances like alcohol and narcotics were known to be able to do this.
And it was also discovered that choline is taken up by the brain directly from the circulating blood. This meant that each time you took in lecithin there could
be an immediate effect on the chemicals essential for signal transmission to the brain.
Why is this important and why am I taking the time to explain
this to you?
Good question. Here’s my answer……..
We know all animals, including humans, show some degree of memory loss with aging. It’s a huge topic of conversation, right?
More and more we are seeing exciting possibilities of memory loss prevention. There are studies that indicate that we can repress or minimize those age-related memory changes by using lecithin.
If you’re noticing changes in your memory, think about experimenting with lecithin and see what happens.
Fish, egg yolks, cauliflower, cabbage, and grains (wheat germ) are some dietary sources of lecithin.
If you use a lecithin product, read your label carefully. Choline chloride is often listed as lecithin but it’s synthetic. Make sure it’s true lecithin and is natural phosphatidyl choline.
Don’t use gel capsules. Also, watch those labels because lecithin contains no
protein or amino acids.
I know sometimes I can get pretty technical in these posts but I always want you to have the easiest, most actionable information at your fingertips so that should you decide to add something like lecithin to your diet you know WHY and have all
the information you need boiled down to the basics!
So thanks for bearing with me when I get technical! There are many benefits of lecithin to consider.
I think we all benefit, and in the case of lecithin I know my memory and
brain power have gotten better just from writing about it!
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For over 15 years, Shelli has been a freelance writer and wellness habit coach on Joyinmovement. She writes about brain fitness, creating a healthy lifestyle, traveling the world, and making positive habits stick. Stop procrastinating! Take action, join her free newsletter.