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Lecithin Supplement As A Treatment. Often overlooked, lecithin is a lipid that is an essential structural component in the cells of the body.  Quality is the only variable in lecithin preparations.  Fresh lecithin is mildly sweet with a somewhat nutty flavor.  Oxidized lecithin is bitter and often has added flavorings to hide the rancidity. Lecithin has been 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 skin eczema. Some people apply lecithin to the skin as a moisturizer.
 You may also see lecithin as an ingredient in some eye medicines. It is used to help keep the medicine in contact with the eye’s cornea.Dr. Shaklee found soy lecithin to be a perfect companion soy protein to keep it safe from oxidation and spoilage.  Usable lecithin can be found in soft boiled or poached egg yolks. Soy, however, is the most available source of high quality lecithin – of course from non-GM soybeans. Lecithin is taken as a medicine and is also used in the manufacturing of a number of medicines.  You will often see lecithin listed as a food additive. That is why Pro-Lecin Nibblers was the first Shaklee nutritional product mass produced and sold through distributors back in 1956.  Shaklee Herb Lax and Vita Lea were added to the supplement product line in 1957.

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                                               Lecithin is oil and water soluble – very unique!

 

Lecithin  is useful to keep water soluble and oil soluble ingredients from separating.  In the cell lecithin is nature’s emulsifier allowing normally incompatible nutrients to coexist.  In animals and humans lecithin is converted into acetylcholine, a substance that transmits nerve impulses to and from the brain.  It is also a dietary source of several active compounds: Choline and its metabolites which are needed for several physiological purposes, including cell membrane signaling and cholinergic (anti-stress) neurotransmission, although its exact function has not been determined.  The involvement of choline in long-term health and development of clinical disorders, such as cardiovascular diseases, cognitive decline in aging and regulation of blood lipid levels, has not been well understood, and remains under research as of 2015.

Lecithin Is Made In Healthy Bodies

Mammals make lecithin from dietary plant sourced lecithin. Therefore, dietary lecithin must be converted to human lecithin by the proper fatty acid, sphingosine, inositol, betaine and choline added to make dozens of “lecithins” in the liver and especially in the brain.  Lecithin is a secondary source for methyl groups via its metabolite, trimethylglycine (betaine) for those experiencing difficulty converting folic acid to folate.

Research studies show soy-derived lecithin has significant effects on lowering oxidized-LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides, while increasing HDL (“good cholesterol”) levels in the blood.  As of 2015, research is in progress for claims about certain types of derived lecithin as “cognitive enhancers” for treatment of ADHD.

Because it contains phosphatidylcholines, lecithin is a source of choline, an essential nutrient. Clinical studies have shown benefit in acne, in improving liver function, and in lowering cholesterol.  I have seen a number of liver disorders improve after adding lecithin to their supplement regime.  La Leche League recommends its use to prevent blocked or plugged milk ducts which can lead to mastitis in breastfeeding women.

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