What is Lecithin?
- Lecithin is the most abundant of the phospholipids in the body.
- It is a fatty food that serves as a structural material for every cell in the body.
- Lecithin is essential for the brain & nervous systems.
- It makes up 73% of the total liver fat.
- Lecithin is continuously produced in the liver, passes into the intestines with bile and is absorbed in the blood.
- Lecithin is 30% of brain dry weight and 17% of nervous system.
- It helps in the transportation of Fats.
- You cannot live without it.
- Lecithin is extremely important in the digestion and oxidation of fats. Lecithin can emulsify cholesterol – a fatty substance that can collect in the walls of arteries and veins to narrow them.
- Lecithin has been scientifically shown to break up cholesterol.
- Cholesterol will cause trouble if Lecithin is lacking in the system.
- It is an important component of the endocrine glands and the muscles of the heart and kidneys.
- It has the potential to create more muscle and glandular activity in the body, resulting in less fat accumulation.
- Nervous, mental and glandular over activity will deplete the body’s capacity to replace Lecithin. This may render a person irritable and exhausted.
It is Essential to add Lecithin to the diet.
Benefits of Lecithin
- It helps fight infection.
- Increases immunity capability.
- Lowers blood pressure in certain groups.
- Can help diabetics in combination with Vit E.
- Digests and helps with the oxidation of fats.
- Extremely beneficial for those with high cholesterol levels.
- Effective generator of physical, mental & vital glandular activity.
- Known to assist in brain functions.
- Can increase alertness in elderly people.
Foods Rich in Lecithin
- Egg Yolk ( the word Lecithin in greek = egg yolk)
- Fatty Fish
- Whole grain cereal
- High grade vegetable oils
- Soya beans
The body will make Lecithin if adequate supplies of B Vits are present. Eating refined foods where B Vits are generally reduced will limit the body’s capacity to synthesize Lecithin.