Nutritional Supplements Library
What is lecithin?
Lecithin is mostly a mixture of glycolipids, triglycerides, and phospholipids (e.g. phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine, and phosphatidylinositol). It is produced daily by the liver if the diet is adequate. It is needed by every cell in the body and is a key building block of cell membranes; without it, they would harden. Lecithin protects cells from oxidation and largely comprises the protective sheaths surrounding the brain. It is composed mostly of B vitamins, phosphoric acid, choline, linoleic acid and inositol.
What is the effective dosage of lecithin supplementation?
Follow the instruction written on product label.
What are the benefits of lecithin supplementation?
• Lecithin has the ability to break up cholesterol into small particles which can be easily handled by the system.
• It is a major source of choline. Choline is a lipotropic substance which functions in the body's metabolism as an agent that aids in the digestion of fats. It is believed that choline helps the body to burn fat.
• Lecithin helps keep the skin softer and smoother,
What are the side effects of lecithin supplementation?
There are no major side effects for lecithin as a supplement. In high doses (more than 25 g per day), lecithin can cause sweating, upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
Pregnant or nursing women and children should avoid the supplement because it has not been adequately tested for safety.