There are good reasons to include lecithin and its many components in one's diet. Lecithin has been found to provide protection against stroke, heart attack, and Alzheimer's and improve memory and brain function.
In Nutripoints, copy written in 1990, Dr. Roy Vartabedian and Kathy Matthews, Inc. advise “ Don’t waste money on vitamins that contain substances for which there is no proven nutritional need. Lecithin and Vitamin B 15 are two examples of such substances. The book goes on to list other inclusions in supplements thought to be of little nutritional value but simply a waste of money.
This is not said to dispute the information provided in this book but to point out that nutrition is one field that is ever changing and advancing. The knowledge base widens and if one is to keep abreast of what foods are of benefit to their health they should continually research and be willing to keep their minds open.
Now research is turning up some pretty impressive information about lecithin and a valuable component found in it; choline. Another supplement found in lecithin; phosphatidylserine is receiving some serious attention for its ability in assisting with age-related memory decline. It has been found to aid in the regeneration of damaged nerve cells so they can more effectively send and receive messages. A dosage of 100 milligrams two or three times a day for a month reduced to maintainence dose of 100 to 200 milligrams daily thereafter are recommended by Dr. Timothy Smith an expert in anti-aging medicine in Sebastopol, Ca. and the author of Renewal: The Anti-Aging Revolution.
Lecithin is a complex mixture of choline, inositol, fatty acids, and phosphorous with high concentrations in the brain, liver, kidneys, and bone marrow.
In testing there were no side effects noted.
Lecithin helps maintain structural integrity of cells while helping to control blood pressure and blood sugar. A daily intake of lecithin helps to maintain healthy brain function while aiding in the prevention of heart attack and stroke.
Good sources of lecithin are:
3. Egg yolks
7. Wheat germ
9. Brazil nuts
Lecithin is also added to a number of foods such as chocolate, cheese, margarine, and salad dressing because it is useful in helping these foods retain their consistency.
Too much lecithin can cause stomach upset, sweating, salivation, lack of appetite and low blood pressure. A safe upper limit of choline is 3.5 grams.
Choline performs some important functions:
• Controls memory
• Helps transmit nerve impulses
• Helps control heart rate
• Helps control perspiration
The functions of lecithin are:
• Solubilize fat
• Mobilize fat
• Prevent fat build up in organs
• Provide choline
• Provide inositol
• Reduce high blood pressure
• Reduce blood cholesterol levels
• Reduce blood fat levels
• Solubilize gallstones
• Assist in treating dementia
• Assist in treating Alzheimer’s
For more information about causes, symptoms and treatments of Alzheimer’s read Chan Lee Peng’s article: Alzheimers: Causes, Symptoms, Treatments and Preventative Options.
Before adding any supplement to the diet one should consult with their family physician.
Nutripoints The Breakthrough Point System for Optimal Nutrition by Dr. Roy E. Vartabedian and Kathy Matthews
Prevention Natural Healing Guide 2001
Thorsons Complete Guide to Vitamins and Minerals by Leonard Mervyn PhD