Lecithin - Research Brief
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Indication: asthenia, nervous excitability, high blood cholesterol level, liver and gall-bladder disorders, liver overload (intoxications, antibiotic therapy, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking).
Actions: helps to restore nervous cell function, helps myelin fiber regeneration, intensifies metabolism in the brain cells, improves vitamin A, D, Е and К absorption, helps decrease cholesterol level, contains phospholipid complex, prevention of gallstone formation, increases physical endurance.
Ingredients (per one capsule):
Soy lecithin – 520.0 mg
Low USA domestic & international
Lecithin - Research Brief:
Lecithin (often referred to as phophatidylcholine) plays vital roles in many basic biological processes in the body, it is important for the integrity of cellular membranes and overall health. About 30 percent of the brain's dry weight is composed of lecithin. Lecithin also represents nearly 70 percent of fat located within the liver. Until the 1930s, the primary source for commercial lecithin had always been eggs. In 1930 it was found that lecithin could also be obtained from soy. Vegetables now represent the most popular and most bioavailable sources for dietary lecithin. Soybeans, sunflower, rapeseed, grains, wheat germ are the most frequently used plant sources.
Soy lecithin is a byproduct of soybean processing. At first, the soybeans are tempered by keeping them at a consistent temperature and moisture level for approximately seven to 10 days. This has a hydrating effect on the soybeans, loosening it from its hull. Then, the soybeans are cleaned and cracked into small pieces. The cracked beans are separated from the hulls and are heated and pressed into flakes. Next, the flakes undergo a distillation process where the soybean oil is extracted, after which crude soy oil is made to undergo a “degumming” procedure. The sludge that is produced as a result is where soy lecithin comes from. Of course, the sludge would have to undergo another process first, to extract the lecithin.
Lecithin contains three types of phospholipids: phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine, and phosphotidylinositol. Phosphatidylcholine contains choline, which is essential to every living cell in the body and is one of the main components of cell membranes. It seems majority of the health claims about soy lecithin may have something to do with the fact that it is an excellent source of choline.
Pharmacological use of lecithin primarily includes treatments for hypercholesterolemia, neurologic disorders, and liver ailments. Lecithin is also used as an emulsifying and stabilizing agent in the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries.