Lecithin is usually derived from soy or sunflower, it is rich in choline and is often used as a food additive as an emulsifier, allowing to mix fats with water, making it also very useful for the cosmetic industry. It was first isolated in egg yolks, in 1850 and can also be found in peas and alfalfa.
1. Good for cholesterol
Lecithin has been shown to significantly reduce the levels of bad cholesterol and increase the levels of good cholesterol in the body, which explains the lesser impact of cholesterol-heavy eggs, the yolk contains good amounts of lecithin.
2. Good for the liver
Lecithin helps protect your liver thanks to the choline that it contains, which once broken down, helps absorb excess fat and keep your liver healthy!
3. Protects the brain
Lecithin can improve memory, thinking performance and also your mood. It has even been shown to positively affect patients suffering from depression symptoms.
4. Useful for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients
Thanks to its brain-protective activity and macronutrient content, it engages neurotransmitter synthesis and can help restore neuronal pathways.
5. Good source of choline
A lot of the benefits of lecithin come from its high choline content, which is an important macronutrient. It has a significant role in protecting your cells, brain, muscle function, and fat transportation, and can potentially boost your immune system.
Lecithin can be consumed as a supplement but it’s also useful for cooking, especially to bind oil and water in salad dressings or desserts. It can really help with vegan cooking and baking as you can potentially replace eggs with it. Lecithin is likely to be safe but like everything, always check for safe dosages and keep an eye on the origin, as a lot of soya produced is now genetically modified. Been using lecithin? Let us know what effects you’ve noticed in the comments below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram. (Check out these other energising, vitality-giving natural food articles, and Keep your FIT for life!)