Lecithin

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lecithin

Lecithin

Lecithin is a type of lipid needed by every living cell in your body.

Cell membranes, which regulate the passage of nutrients into and out of your cells, are mostly made of lecithin.

The protective sheaths surrounding your brain are made of lecithin, and your muscles and nerve cells also contain this essential fatty substance.

Lecithin consists mostly of the B vitamin choline, and also contains linoleic acid and inositol.

Although lecithin is a lipid, it’s partly soluble in water so it acts like an emulsifying agent.

This is why a lot of processed foods contain lecithin.

This nutrient helps to prevent arteriosclerosis, protects against cardiovascular disease, improves brain function, and helps with the absorption of thiamine by your liver and vitamin A by your intestine.

It also promotes energy and is needed to help repair damage to your liver caused by alcoholism.

Lecithin enables fats, like cholesterol and other lipids, to be dispersed in water and removed from your body.

Your vital organs and arteries are therefore protected from fatty buildup.

Lecithin would be a wise addition to anyone’s diet.

It’s especially valuable for older adults.

If you’re taking niacin for high serum cholesterol and triglycerides, you should also include lecithin in your program.

Two tablespoons of lecithin granules can be sprinkled on cereals and soups or added to juices or breads.

Lecithin also comes in capsule form.

Taking one 1,200 mg capsule before each meal helps digest fats and absorb fat-soluble vitamins.

More recently, a mixture of lecithin and soy stanols has been shown to be an effective cholesterol-lowering supplement.

It can reduce the amount of cholesterol absorbed from your diet, thereby reducing both total cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol).

Most lecithin comes from soybeans, but recently egg lecithin has become popular.

This type of lecithin is extracted from the yolks of fresh eggs.

Egg lecithin may hold promise for those suffering from AIDS, herpes, chronic fatigue syndrome, and immune disorders associated with aging.

Studies have shown it works better for people with these disorders than soy lecithin does.

Other sources of lecithin include brewer’s yeast, grains, legumes, fish, and wheat germ.

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