Lecithin is an essential fat
~~Lecithin is a fat that is essential in the cells of the body. It can be found in many foods, including soybeans and egg yolks.
Lecithin is used for treating memory disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It is also used for treating gallbladder disease, liver disease, certain types of depression, high cholesterol, anxiety, and a skin disease called eczema.
You will often see lecithin as a food additive. It is used to keep certain ingredients from separating. Lecithin is also used in medications.
How does Lecithin Work?
Lecithin is converted into acetylcholine, a substance that transmits nerve impulses. The choline and inositol in lecithin protect against hardening of the arteries and heart disease by promoting normal processing of fat and cholesterol. Lecithin helps to bind fats and cholesterol to water so that they can pass through the body rather than cause a potentially harmful buildup in the heart or liver. Cell membranes, the protective sheaths surrounding the brain, and nerve cells also contain this essential fatty substance.
The appropriate dose of lecithin depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for lecithin. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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