Lecithin

Lecithin is a category of dietary supplements that contain lecithin. This natural substance is most often obtained from soybeans or sunflowers. It is also commonly found in our body, where it is one of the main components of cell membranes. Moreover, it is also found in the brain and is linked with beneficial effects on brain functions. This makes it especially sought after by people who want to support their memory, thinking, or concentration. 

What are the effects of lecithin?

The beneficial effects of lecithin are mainly the result of its content of phospholipids, namely phosphatidylcholine and phosphatidylserine. Phosphatidylcholine is used to produce choline in the body, which is the precursor of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. The latter acts as a carrier of signals to the muscles in order for them to move. Furthermore, it affects the widening of blood vessels and is usually linked with beneficial effect on learning and proper memory function. However, its levels may naturally decrease with age, which typically has a negative effect on brain functions and the coordination of movement. Therefore, it is essential that the formation of acetylcholine is not disrupted in any way, which can be remedied by a sufficient intake of phosphatidylcholine.

Phosphatidylserine, which is naturally located in the brain, has a similar effect and is also key in maintaining proper brain functions. This substance is widely sought after among people who want to slow down the negative effects of ageing.

How to take lecithin?

Lecithin can be found most often in the form of practical capsules and is taken in daily servings between 500 – 2000 mg, preferably with meals.

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