Lecithin Powder is derived from soybeans. Natural sources of lecithin include a wide variety of foods with good sources like cabbage, cauliflower, chickpeas, green beans, lentils, soybeans, corn, split peas, calves’ liver, eggs, brewer’s yeast, grains, legumes, fish, and wheat germ. It is also a common food additive to a variety of foods where an emulsifier and/or a smooth creamy taste is needed such as ice cream, milk drinks, mayonnaise, and chocolates. Lecithin can be manufactured in our liver and is vital for the proper functioning of cells.
Lecithin can help to:
How it works and what it benefits
Without choline the membranes of our cells would harden, which would prevent nutrients and fluids from entering and leaving the cells. The choline and inositol in lecithin protect against hardening of the arteries and heart disease by promoting normal processing of fat and cholesterol. It prevents cholesterol deposits forming in our blood vessels.
Lecithin can also chemically bind with cholesterol and can thus lower serum cholesterol levels. It forms protective coverings around nerve fibres/myelin sheaths providing highly specialized functions.
Choline is a precursor to essential brain chemicals involved in memory function, muscle control and general brain function. It also helps the body produce acetylcholine, a substance that acts as a chemical messenger to parts of the nervous system, and is essential to the brain’s memory function. Choline cannot be made in the brain and therefore must be obtained through synthesis in the liver or supplied in the diet.
Choline is derived from a diet that is rich in B vitamins (the soy bean, for example, is rich in choline). Alcohol inhibits the body’s ability to assimilate the B vitamins and it interferes with the body’s capacity to produce choline.
Choline has been shown to be effective in suppressing the involuntary movements associated with Huntington’s, Chorea and other diseases involving a defect in cholinergic transmission. The word “cholinergic” implies the neurological impulse relayed through the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine.
Dr Braverman lists two types of acetylcholine- deficient personalities which could benefit from lecithin supplementation. The eccentric prefers an isolated lifestyle and keeps away from human interactions. He lives in a magical dream world and to the outside world appears colourless and inexpressive. The perfectionist is self-disciplined and hardworking. She finds it difficult to make decisions and is unapproachable.
Choline has been used in individuals who wish to increase their memory retention span. Students preparing for exams should consider choline as an alternative to toxic drugs which would only decrease performance on the following day.
Choline and inositol have been used in drug detoxification programs since it helps the person maintain a positive and uplifting attitude during withdrawal.
Dr Colgan states that in the early 80’s, numerous researchers showed that dementia (loss of intelligence and social competence) and memory loss of Alzheimer’s, is linked to loss of acetylcholine activity.
1 to 2 tablespoons a day mixed in with your food e.g., breakfast cereal or stew.