Why and when you should take lecithin?
Lecithin is a mixture of all essential fats that we require for the proper functioning of our bodies. These are the essential fats in all the cells in our body. While consuming, lecithin is also the primary source of choline which is similar to the function of Vitamin Bs. Lecithin is essential in treating Alzheimer's, dementia, and Parkinson's disease. This is because it's necessary to promote brain and memory function in the body.
However, there's always a debate about whether taking lecithin through the mouth and in a diet helps treat these diseases or not. For diet, foods such as egg yolks and soybeans are a good source of lecithin. A lot of people use lecithin from sunflower seeds too. However, it doesn't have any significant side effects when taken orally. Therefore, it is perfectly safe and beneficial to have in the diet of anyone, from young children to fully grown-up adults or senior citizens.
Lecithin can be taken in the form of supplements too. When taking it in supplements or injections, a medical practitioner must be consulted to take a prescription. These supplements are mainly made of sunflower seeds, eggs, and soy. However, soy is the main ingredient in the making of these supplements. Sometimes, animal fat fish oils can also be used. Corn, wheat, etc., can also be used to make these supplements. These can be found in capsule, powder, or liquid form. Although these supplements are very beneficial and have some widespread health benefits, they must be considered only after advice from a medical practitioner.
Apart from the health benefits mentioned above in brain health function and fighting dementia, lecithin helps improve the skin. It's great to keep your skin supple and well moisturized. Although, the foods can be consumed to get these health benefits. It is also considered highly beneficial to lactating mothers. It's often helpful in diluting the viscosity of the milk and hence preventing the formation of milk ducts during the breastfeeding cycle.
Furthermore, it's found to be very beneficial in aiding digestion. So, people with digestive health issues must adopt it and see a difference. Lecithin has also been found to be helpful in heart health issues. Especially to the people who are already affected by some cardiovascular health implications.
Lecithin is effective and advised to promote and strengthen your body's gut health and is suitable for the functioning of every cell in your body, essentially the brain.
(With inputs from Ms Preety Tyagi, Lead Health Coach, Nutritionist, and founder of MY22BMI)