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About Non-GMO Lecithin Powder by Healthforce Nutritionals
About Non-GMO Lecithin Powder
Lecithin is a complex fatty substance found in all animal and plant tissues which is composed of phosphoric acid, sterols, carbohydrates, fatty acids, glycerol, glycolipids, sphingolipids, phospholipids (e.g., phosphatidyl choline, phosphatidyl ethanolamine, phosphatidyl inositol, and phosphatidyl serine), and various other compounds. Lecithin is naturally found in foods, especially fatty foods such as egg yolk, soybeans, nuts, wheat germ, fish, legumes, and peanuts. It is also present, to a lesser extent, in foods like yeast, grains, bee pollen, cauliflower, and cabbage.
A key component of lecithin, phosphatidyl choline, is the main lipid component in both plant and animal cellular membranes. Every cell of your body contains phosphatidyl choline. Phosphatidyl choline is responsible for maintaining the surface tension of the cell membrane. Without enough phosphatidyl choline, the cell wall hardens and does not allow enough nutrients in or wastes out. This means premature aging and death of cells.
Our bodies can manufacture phosphatidyl choline in the liver when we are healthy and all the required raw materials are found in our diet. Phosphatidyl choline production in the body typically declines with age, however, and many people’s diets are not ideal. Lecithin supplementation has therefore been found to convey numerous benefits that stretch into every cell, organ, and system in the body.
Phosphatidyl choline breaks down into choline when lecithin is consumed. Choline can be synthesized in the liver when vitamin B12 and folic acid (vitamin B9) interact with the essential amino acid methionine. Choline has many benefits and was officially designated an essential nutrient (vitamin B4) in 1998. As the body usually cannot manufacture enough choline to meet its metabolic needs, Vegan lecithin supplementation is a healthful way to supply needed choline. Many other components of lecithin confer important benefits as well.
1. Supports Brain and Nerve Function*
- Choline easily crosses the blood brain barrier and is then used in the brain to manufacture the important neurotransmitter acetylcholine which is involved in muscle control, memory, and feelings of relaxation.*
- Phosphatidyl choline is especially prevalent as a structural component of the nervous system. Studies show lecithin consumption improves the brain’s memory function, concentration abilities, and learning capacity.*
- Another key phospholipid in lecithin, phosphatidyl inositol, breaks down into inositol once in the body. Inositol improves nerve function and generally has a calming effect on the nervous system.*
2. Supports Liver and Gallbladder Function*
- Phosphatidyl choline is a required component of VLDL particles that transport triglycerides and cholesterol from the liver through the blood to tissues for tissue repair, storage, or energy production. Without adequate phosphatidyl choline, fat and cholesterol accumulate in the liver, contributing to fatty liver disease.*
- Lecithin supports Phase II liver detoxification. The choline supplied by lecithin can be oxidized in the body to form a metabolite called betaine. Betaine is a source of methyl (CH3) groups required for methylation reactions, which assist with Phase II liver detoxification.*
- Helps prevent gallstone formation.* If cholesterol moves into the bile without sufficient amounts of bile salts and lecithin, it crystallizes and forms gallstones.
3. Supports Cardiovascular Health*
- By acting as an emulsifier, lecithin helps to break down the fats and cholesterol in the blood into smaller particles. This helps prevent fats and cholesterol from sticking together to form blood clots or arterial plaque, thereby promoting cardiovascular health.*
- Lecithin helps dissolve the plaque already formed in the arteries as well.*
- Choline supplied by lecithin may be oxidized in the body to form the metabolite betaine, which helps to lower serum homocysteine levels – the body uses betaine to convert homocysteine to the amino acid methionine. Elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood have been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases.*
4. Supports Healthy Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels*
- Soy lecithin is high in omega-3 fatty acids, known for their ability to reduce serum cholesterol and triglycerides.*
- By acting as an emulsifier, lecithin helps the body metabolize fats and cholesterol* by breaking them down into smaller substances which are easier to remove.
5. Supports Joint Health*
- Lecithin is the body’s super lubricant, coating tissues and helping to reduce friction, especially for the larger joints – elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles.*
- High omega-3 fatty acid content of soy lecithin helps reduce inflammation in the body.*
6. Supports Weight Loss*
- Lecithin is regarded as beneficial for weight loss because of its ability to block the buildup of fats (keeps them emulsified) in the body so that they may be easily broken down and used as a source of energy.
- Lecithin boosts metabolism because of its ability to improve liver health.* When the liver is toxic, it struggles to convert thyroid hormone to its active form, along with the 500+ other metabolic functions performed by the liver. Improving the health of your liver is the best way to boost your metabolism and therefore burn fat.
7. Improves Athletic Performance*
- When a person exercises regularly to improve their muscle tone, the amount of lecithin contained in the muscles increases. This increase in lecithin helps muscles rid themselves of the lactic acid which builds up during strenuous exercise, and is in part responsible for the greater endurance of the muscle.*
- Choline in lecithin leads to increased acetylcholine production,* a neurotransmitter used by the body to stimulate muscle activity. Muscle activity can be impaired during endurance sports when reserves of choline in the body begin to run low (e.g., hitting the ‘wall’ in a marathon).
8. Improves Reproductive Health*
- Lecithin may increase volume of male ejaculate, as male semen contains a considerable amount of lecithin.*
- As choline, found in high amounts in lecithin, is especially important to the growing brain and nervous system of infants, it is an essential part of human breast milk and necessary in the diets of nursing mothers in high amounts.*
9. Reduces ‘bad’ Estrogen*
- Inositol and choline are very effective for helping the liver convert estradiol into estriol – the safer form of estrogen. As a result, many estrogen-based diseases (e.g., breast cancer, uterine fibroids, and endometriosis) may benefit from lecithin consumption.*
10. Supports Intestinal Health and Digestion*
- Phosphatidyl choline is a crucial component of the mucosal layer in the intestinal tract. Without a healthy mucosal layer, inflammation of the intestinal walls results. Taking lecithin may therefore benefit conditions such as leaky gut syndrome, food allergies, and ulcerative colitis.*
- Lecithin emulsifies fats for easier digestion of fatty foods. If you are deficient in lecithin, supplementation can improve digestion and utilization of fat soluble vitamins (D, K, E and A) by as much as 100%.*
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- Soy lecithin is very fragile and susceptible to rancidity because of high omega-3 essential fatty acid content. Our EcoFresh Nutrient Lock™ packaging provides a dramatic difference compared to other packaging methods (e.g., plastic) in preventing rancidity and preserving fragile nutrients.
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- Non-GMO soy lecithin powder.
Suggested Use: 1-2 tablespoons per day (or as advised by your health care practitioner). Add to any drink or smoothie, sprinkle on and mix with foods for extra nutrition. Great for homemade dressings and sauces. Since it is an emulsifier, it will make whatever you mix it with smoother and creamier. Use for thickening agent, as lecithin will thicken anything it is added to (allow 10 or more minutes for full thickness). Also adds a nice nutty flavor.
Storage: Store in refrigerator (or ideally your freezer) after opening.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.