Monday, 11 March 2013

The Benefits and Uses of Lecithin

Lecithin is great little herbal supplement that has number of different health benefits including: aiding in fat metabolism, lower bad cholesterol and detoxing your liver. Although it is not commonly known it is a very good herbal supplement that can make a real difference to your health.

What is it?

Lecithin is a fatty substance found in both animals and plants. It is composed of fatty acids, phosphoric acid, choline and some other lipid based substances. It is used frequently in the food industry for processing, so you almost certainly consume it frequently without even knowing.

Lecithin commonly isolated from soybean oil and sunflower oil. Sometimes it is extracted from within eggs, but this is used less in the health industry due to the process being more difficult.

Health Benefits

Heart Health
Lecithin has amazing benefits for your general cardiovascular health. It contains linoleic acid and inositol; these act like emulsifiers for your bad internal fat. The keep the fat suspended and floating around in the blood stream preventing it from finding a home on your membrane walls. Lecithin essentially removes bad cholesterol, triglycerides and other bad fats from the inside of your body. This helps to prevent high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.

Weight Loss
Lecithin has great health benefits for those people who want to lose weight. It has an emulsifying effect on fat stored within the body, so when combined with some exercise it burns off excess fat stores more rapidly than those who don’t consume Lecithin.

Lecithin is actually part of the myelin sheath that insulates sensitive nerve fibers. People suffering from Multiple Sclerosis among other health conditions such as fibromyalgia and depression can immensely benefit from regularly taking Lecithin due to its ability to insulate our nerves.

Lecithin also benefits your nerve health by assisting in brain cell development. It also helps the transmission of nerve impulses to the brain and has been shown to play an important part in neurotransmitters that control our short-term memory function.

Lecithin has a few ways by which it benefits the health of your liver. Lecithin actually helps in the prevention of liver cirrhosis because it helps to soften the hardened liver tissues, reducing the chance of future damage. Lecithin also helps reduce already existent liver damage through the same softening action.

Allergies and Asthma
Lecithin is an essential fatty acid and as such it is significant to the health of the lung’s lining because of its ability to effectively soothe mucous membranes and prevent further irritation. Through this function, lecithin benefits the health of those suffering from allergies, asthma and other lung conditions such as emphysema.

You can purchase tablet form or granule form of Lecithin. The tablets can be taken as the bottle indicates and the granule does can very from 1 teaspoon to two tablespoons.

The Granule form is without a doubt my favorite form; it has a delicious natural tasting malt flavor. It tastes great sprinkled over oatmeal, baked in muffins (heat does not affect its bioavailability) or my usual method is to have it mixed into yogurt with a few fresh blueberries. 

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