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Lecithin

Today's health and nutrition experts recognize that nutrients do more than prevent deficiency diseases like

scurvy; they also reduce the risk of chronic disease and optimise health. In the last decade, research has

found that lecithin and its primary component, choline, are believed to play important roles in cardiovascular

health; liver and cell function; fertility, pregnancy and child development; and possibly in memory.

The most important, nutritionally significant constituents of lecithin are the phospholipids. These highly

specialized lipids are fundamental components of cell membranes and may be termed essential for the

growth, maturing and proper functioning of all body cells. In addition to their role in the cell membranes,

phospholipids are vital constituents of the lipoproteins, the "lung surfactant" and bile.

Through the lipoproteins, phospholipids can enhance a general reduction of the blood cholesterol level. The "liquefying" effect of this cholesterol reduction virtually "rejuvenates" the cell membranes. 

Phosphatidylcholine, in particular, is said to have a liver-protecting function. Damage to the liver resulting from poisoning, alcohol abuse or chronic infections can be reduced or even corrected. 

One tablespoon of granular lecithin supplies 1725 mg of phosphatidylcholine and 250 mg of choline. Two tablespoons per day is a reasonable amount to take, providing approximately the amount of choline that people should obtain from their daily diet.