Lecithin is a naturally occurring lipid produced by the liver and is integral to your health. Lecithin plays a vital role in almost all biological processes including breathing, energy production and nerve transmission.
The word lecithin is derived from the Greek word “lekithos” which means “egg yolk,” particularly apt nomenclature as the egg is considered a symbol of life, strength and fertility.
Why Lecithin Is So Important
• The human brain is approximately 30% lecithin.
• The insulating myelin sheaths that protect the brain, spine and thousands of miles of nerves in your body are composed of almost two thirds lecithin.
• Lecithin is often deficient in those with MS and Parkinson’s.
• Brain function improves with an adequate supply of lecithin, as it provides acetylcholine which helps brain cells communicate more effectively — lecithin therefore boosts memory as we age.
• The heart also contains a high concentration of lecithin.
• Lecithin can reduce blood pressure and promote heart health as it works by moving fat and oxidized cholesterol through the blood stream so it won’t stick to arterial walls.
• And because lecithin acts as an emulsifier and breaks down fat, it may also be beneficial for weight loss.
Getting Enough Lecithin
• Supplementing with lecithin is a wise and inexpensive way to protect your nervous system and your health, and is especially valuable for older adults.
• Two tablespoons of lecithin granules can be sprinkled on cereals or added to smoothies.
• Lecithin also comes in capsule form.
• Taking one 1200 mg. capsule before each meal helps with the digestion of fats, as well as the absorption of any fat-soluble vitamins.
• If you buy lecithin granules make sure they are made from non-GMO (genetically modified) soybeans or eggs.
• Foods rich in lecithin include brewer’s yeast, grains, legumes, fish and wheat germ.