The Natural Way: Lecithin to the rescue

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

I remember 30 years ago reading about the benefit of lecithin. Back in those days my main interest was finding a supplement that might help clear foggy thinking. Thirty years ago, I was 36 ... so you can tell the problem with thinking wasnít from old age. But I wanted to have a heap of fun on the weekend and still do research†on Monday†morning.

A radiopharmacist friend tossed a big, thick book at me one†Monday†at work. The book was on nutritional supplements and was an amazing surprise to me, as I must have thought no one noticed the sluggishness brought on by the weekend. After the aspirins kicked in I read from cover to cover. Being skeptical, I was curious about most of what was written but only really interested in trying lecithin. Need was the driving factor.

Lecithin is found in egg yolk, liver, nuts, whole wheat, soy and corn. It is also a natural part of every cell in our body. It is high in phosphorus and bonds with iron, iodine and calcium to give power and vigor to the brain as well as helping in the digestion and absorption of fats. Lecithin is thought to break up cholesterol, boost immunity and helps prevent gallstones. The list is very long as nervous tissue health as well as liver health is influenced.

With lecithin you get a high amount of phosphatidyl choline, phosphatidyl inositol as well as linoleic acid. These are very important to maintaining health. Beyond the proven benefit for memory improvement or slowing loss, the clinical proof from the PDR for Nutritional Supplements is profound for liver health. The PDR lists hepatitis A, B and C, alcohol damage and possibly reducing liver cancer as benefits.

I like lecithin granules, as two or three tablespoons each day is easy to do and inexpensive. The nutty like granules taste good when just eaten by the spoonful but mixing it into most any recipe would be easy. A good product should not cost more than about $11-12, for 14 ounces. I personally use soft gels for a little less cost. The lecithin must have helped ... I did remember the story from 30 years ago (but I still forgot to send this column to the editor on time!)