How does adding lecithin (phospholipid) help the body absorb vitamin c better? The lipid encapsulates the vitamin C to pass through the stomach into the small intestines then broken down by the bile salts stored in the gallbladder made from the liver. The whole point of having liposomal encapsulation is to cover the vitamin C with phospholipid membrane that can protect the vitamin C from being leaking or destroyed by digestive acids. The phospholipid need to form certain very small encasing bubbles (or the liposome) in the water based solution. The key to this process is to make sure that the liposome will protect and cover whatever water solution it is in. All people need to purchase is ultrasonic cleaner, lecithin (Soy, Non-GMO, or Sunflower), and vitamin C (Acerola Berry) dissolve into a liquid form in order to make their home-made liposomal substance.
What is the value of Lecithin?
Lecithin is a fat, namely a phospholipid, and is found in every cell in the body (40% of our cells are made of fat – cell membrane) 33% of our (dry weight) brain material, 66% of liver fat is made of lecithin. If phospholipids are not present in sufficient amounts to maintain the cell membrane structure, the membrane loses its ability to protect and nourish the cell. Improves brain function, the main nutrient found in soy, sunflower lecithin is phosphatidylcholine, also known as PC. PC is part of the membrane surrounding your cells and your body breaks it down into choline, which is widely known to be vital for the health of your brain. Choline is especially important for preventing memory loss and, in particular, preventing memory loss from old age.
Lecithin cannot be manufactured by the body, but is essential for health. Therefore, adequate amounts must be provided in the diet. Lecithin can be found in egg yolks, corn, and soybeans. Soybean (Non-GMO) Lecithin is the richest cholesterol-free source of lecithin. Sunflower is the next source and has not been evaluated – but a safer choice if soybean is not a safe alternative. Three tablespoons daily of lecithin granules provide about five grams (5,000 milligrams) of phosphatidyl choline. Long-term use of this amount is favorably mentioned in The Lancet, February 9, 1980. Lecithin supplementation has no known harmful effects whatsoever. In fact, your brain by dry weight is almost one-third lecithin! How far can we go with this idea of simply feeding the brain what it is made up of? In Geriatrics, July 1979, lecithin is considered as a therapy to combat memory loss. Studies at MIT show increases in both choline and acetylcholine in the brains of animals after just one lecithin meal! Supplemental choline has even shown promise in treating Alzheimer’s Disease. (Today’s Living, February, 1982)
Lecithin provides numerous benefits:
1. Even though lecithin is largely composed of the B vitamin choline, it also contains linoleic acid and inositol. It has been nicknamed “nature’s emulsifier” because of its detergent-like effect on fat, keeping it suspended in the bloodstream and preventing it from settling on membrane walls. Lecithin acts as a solvent for cholesterol, triglycerides, and other fats. Therefore, it helps to prevent such ailments as high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, hardening of the arteries, etc. Some wellness consultants recommend up to 6,000-7,000 mg daily when dealing with these disorders initially.*
2. Dieters love lecithin because of its emulsifying effect on fat. Accompanied by an appropriate exercise program, Lecithin helps burn fat more quickly. Best results occur with 4,000+ mg daily accompanied with exercise.*
3. Lecithin plays a vital role in the absorption of nutrients out of the blood stream into the cells. Without adequate Lecithin, our cell membranes harden and malabsorption is the end result. Chemicals from environmental pollutants, heavy metals, drugs, food additives, pesticides, etc., cause hardening of the cellular membrane. Therefore, increasing your Lecithin intake is a wise choice in our world today.*
4. Lecithin helps reduce or prevent cirrhosis of the liver, because it helps to soften the hardened liver tissue.*
5. Lecithin is part of the myelin sheath that surrounds and insulates nerve fibers. Without this sheath, the nerves function less efficiently. Because of this action as a nerve insulator, people suffering from multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, stress, PMS, and depression have benefited immensely. It also functions as a nerve insulator and strengthens neurotransmitters, which allows better communication in the nervous system. Furthermore, children and adults with hyperactivity have significantly benefited from the use of lecithin.*
6. Lecithin aids our immune system by coating our red blood cells thereby providing protection against the invasion of viruses, germs, or bacteria. In addition, its structure helps to protect the cell from oxidation.*
7. Lecithin is also regarded as brain and nerve food. It helps the brain cells develop, is important in the transmission of nerve impulses in the brain, and plays a role in the neurotransmitters that govern short-term memory. Lecithin has been found beneficial in the reduction or prevention of senility and Alzheimer’s disease. Some wellness consultants recommend up to 7,000 mg daily to help memory.*
8. Lecithin is an excellent source of neurotransmitter hormones which are sleep inducing. Lack of these hormones can be one cause of insomnia.*
9. Lecithin is an essential fatty acid that is important for the lining of the lungs due to its ability to soothe mucous membranes and prevent irritation. Therefore, it has been found helpful for allergies, hay fever, asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.*
10. Lecithin acts as a lubricant for the joints and aids maintenance or healing of pancreatic and kidney tissue as well as the bowel lining. The lining of the small intestines is one of the fastest growing tissues in the body, completely renewing itself in about 1 1/2 days. Therefore, additional Lecithin is very beneficial for sufferers of Crohn’s Disease, Colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome.*
11. Lecithin is a beauty nutrient, because it is essential for healthy, shiny hair and moist, soft skin (helps prevent eczema).*
12. Lecithin is necessary for the production of various hormones such as epinephrine, which regulates perspiration and prostaglandins. Therefore, it has been very beneficial in the reduction or prevention of PMS, menstrual disorders, and menopause symptoms.*
13. Lecithin, along with other substances, is used by the liver to make bile. Bile emulsifies fat and fat soluble nutrients like essential fatty acids along with vitamins A, D, E, and K. This emulsion facilitates the absorption of these nutrients into the body.*
Sunflower Lecithin Health Benefits
Sunflower Lecithin is a phospholipid based dietary supplement rich in Phosphatidylcholine (PC), Phosphatidylinositol (PI), Phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) and Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid), which are considered beneficial to the brain and nervous system*.
Sunflower lecithin has a favorable phospholipid profile over regular lecithin from soybeans*.
Phosphatidylcholine (PC) helps to process fats and to support cell membranes*. It is very high at birth, particularly in brain tissue, and declines over time as part of the normal aging process.
Consuming dietary supplements high in PC aid the natural level in the cells and help minimize the age-related decline*. Sunflower Lecithin has 96% of Phosphatidylcholine per serving.
Phosphatidylinositol (PI) is an important lipid abundant in brain tissue, and is present in all tissues and cell types. Phosphatidylinositol is usually the phospholipid with the smallest presence, however Sunflower Lecithin has an equal amount of PC and PI.
Phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) is usually the second most abundant phospholipid in animal and plant lipids, and is a key building block of membrane bilayers. It is found in nervous tissue such as the brain, nerves, neural tissue, and in the spinal cord. Sunflower Lecithin contains 100 mg Phosphatidylethanolamine per serving
Linoleic Acid (LA) is an Omega-6 essential polyunsaturated fatty acid, which is abundant in many vegetable oils such as sunflower oil.
Linoleic Acid is vital to proper health and aids in wound healing*.
Supports healthy brain function and nervous system
Lecithin has shown positive effects in scientific studies on the following conditions*:
- Cognitive Disorders - Lipid Lowering - Cardiovascular Health - Improves Memory - Stress-Related Disorders - Nervous System Disorders