The Power of natural ingredients

   Lecithin
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cholesterol - breastfeeding aid - Improves heart health - improve digestion - fight dementia

Lecithin describes a substance that’s naturally found in the tissues of your body. It’s made up of fatty acids, and it has a variety of commercial and medical uses.
Lecithin works as an emulsifier, meaning it suspends fats and oils and keeps them from mixing with other substances.
Lecithin supplements can be purchased to help treat high cholesterol, as a breastfeeding aid, and to treat ulcerative colitis, among other things. 

Types of lecithin
Lecithin supplements are usually derived from sunflower seeds, eggs, or soybeans. Soy is by far the ingredient most commonly used to create lecithin supplements. Animal fats, fish, and corn are also sometimes used.
While soybean lecithin tends to come in granulated capsule form, you can buy sunflower lecithin in both powder and liquid form, too. Sunflower lecithin isn’t as common, but some people prefer it, especially if they’re trying to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their food.
While soybeans are sometimes genetically modified in mass production, sunflower seeds aren’t. The process of extraction is also gentler for sunflower lecithin. Extracting lecithin from the sunflower seeds doesn’t require harsh chemicals. 
 
Lowers cholesterol
The most well-known benefit of lecithin is its ability to lower cholesterol. Researchers have discovered that soybean lecithin can contribute to raising HDL (good) cholesterol and lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol in blood profiles.
Soy protein provides an extra boost for people using it to treat cholesterol because of other components that soy offers.

 

Improves heart health
Lecithin that comes from soy can improve cardiovascular health, especially if you’re already at risk of developing high blood pressure or heart disease. This is according to a small study in which participants were given soy products including lecithin additives.
Since soy is complicated to digest, it takes your body longer to break soy products down. For some people, this works to make them feel more full after consuming it.

Aids breastfeeding mothers
Some breastfeeding experts recommend lecithin as a solution for preventing recurrent plugged ducts. The Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation recommends a dose of 1,200 milligrams, four times per day, to experience this benefit.
They speculate that lecithin may decrease the viscosity of your breast milk, making it less likely to clog milk ducts in your breast.
This isn’t meant to be a treatment for plugged ducts, however. Treat ducts with:
- application of warm compresses
- massage
- extra pumping, if needed
- draining the breast well
- asking a lactation consultant for more suggestions
Report any fever or flu-like feelings to your doctor.

Helps improve digestion
Lecithin has been tested in people with ulcerative colitis to improve their digestion. Lecithin’s emulsifying qualities contribute to a chain reaction that improves the mucus in your intestine, making the digestive process easier and protecting the delicate lining of your digestive system.
Even if you don’t have ulcerative colitis, you might want to consider using lecithin if you have irritable bowel syndrome, or another condition that affects your digestive process.
 

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Active components in lecithin include:
Glycerophosphate
Sodium oleate
Choline
Phosphatidylinositol

Phosphatidylcholine, the main fat found in lecithin, is a source of choline, an important nutrient that is critical for 4 main purposes in the human body:
Cell membrane structure and signaling
Synthesis of the important neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is required for brain and muscle function [R]
Helps the process that controls the activation and blockage of genes (uses methyl groups to mark DNA)
Fat transportation and keeping the fats circulating in your bloodstream in balance
Choline is also very important in breaking down homocysteine.