Vitamins and Mineral: Lecithin

Lecithin is a essential natural compound found throughout the body. It has been for sometime a popular supplement used for a variety health conditions. It is one of the main components of cell membranes, and it helps prevent these membranes from hardening.
Various elements are fatty acids, phosphorus, choline. Choline is involved in the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is essential for proper function of the nervous system. It is also a important component of the myelin sheaths that covers the nerve fibers.Choline plays a role in processing fat and cholesterol and protects against atherosclerosis and heart disease. By emulsifying and transporting fat, choline helps maintaining the health of the liver and kidneys.
Lecithin is found in soybeans, cabbage, cauliflower, chickpeas, green beans, lentils, corn, calves liver, and eggs. It is used as a thickener in foods as mayonnaise, margarine, and ice cream. Most people who eat healthy foods do not need to take Lecithin supplements. People who take niacin or nicotinic acid for treating high cholesterol often are advised to take lecithin supplements because niacin can deplete the body’s choline supply. Lecithin can help people with neurological disorder tardive dyskinesia, which is characterized by involuntary, abnormal facial movements. This is a common side effect in people taking antipsychotic medications. The choline in lecithin may help stabilize the acetylcholine neurotransmitter system in these people. Because of its role in maintaining the nervous system, lecithin is being studied in combination with various drugs for treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s diseases, and Huntington’s chorea, as well as Tourette’s syndrome.
Aids with: dizziness, fatigue, headache, liver disorders, high cholesterol, Bipolar depression, insomnia, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease.
Some side effects could happen are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, dizziness.


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