A Little Thing Called Lecithin
Lecithin is a fat-like substance called a phospholipid. The liver produces it daily, if the diet is adequate. Approximately 30% of your brain is composed of lecithin. It is also found in your spine and nerves, as well as all the muscles in your body. The your heart has the highest lecithin content.
Why You Need LecithinEvery cell in the human body needs it to survive. It is a fatty substance which is essential for making each cell's protective membrane. This membrane offers protection against damage from free radicals which can cause oxidation, and is responsible for the control of nutrients which pass in and out of your cells. The protective layer around nerve and brain cells contain the same substances as found in lecithin. Nerve and muscle cells also contain lecithin. Lecithin is high in the B vitamins, particularly choline. Choline helps your body burn fat. It is important for controlling weight and is also said to help improve memory.
Preventing DiseaseBecause of choline's active role in metabolism it helps to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. A regular daily intake of choline can improve memory and mental function in general.
Lecithin is also important for preventing arteriosclerosis and preventing cardiovascular disease. Lecithin helps with the breakdown of cholesterol and fats into small particles. It enables cholesterol and other lipids, to be removed from the body. It also protects the arteries and organs from the build up of fatty tissue that can lead to stroke or heart attack.