Amongst the staggering choice of supplements, trace-minerals and vitamin it is really hard to pick the one, which would be the most important. But I can take the courage to say that Lecithin could get the first prize if we run a contest of that nature.
A breakthrough study done in 1975 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) found that a daily supply of Lecithin “improves brain chemical activity.” In particular, they found that Lecithin supports brain activities such as learning, memory, motor coordination, sensory feedback, and sleep patterns.
In simple terms, Lecithin improves memory, speech, and motor problems that affected balance and movement.
Since then, many more studies and research have been conducted that confirm what a huge role of Lecithin in human and animal metabolism, especially related to our brain.
According to Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP, “the greatest recent discovery is the use of lecithin to activate a sluggish mind and improve memory.
This so important fatty acid—Lecithin— helps the body digest and utilize the fats and oils that are critical in maintaining efficient brain and nerve function. … Your brain, if dried and analyzed, would show a composition of about 30% of lecithin”.
So, what is Lecithin?
Lecithin is a substance that is produced by the liver to ensure the organ functions properly. It can also be found in plants and animals. It plays a significant role in synthesizing vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins A, D, E and K. It is also essential for cell production and health because it assists cells to receive the nutrients they need.
Now that we know and understand the importance that Lecithin plays in the efficiency of our nervous system, brain processes, memory and motor function, many of us would like to add this important food to their daily diet.
You can find the substance in vegetables and legumes like various types of the vegetables from the cabbage family: broccoli, cauliflower, white and red cabbage, then many beans and legumes that are also rich in Lecithin, and most leafy veggies. Eggs, cheese, yoghurt, milk and other dairy products are also healthy sources of lecithin and many other useful nutrients. Soy is considered as one of the top sources of Lecithin.
However, it is hardly possible to measure their content in your food. Therefor, Lecithin as a supplement could give us some guarantee that we have it in enough quantity. Since this is a food, one does not have to worry about taking too much lecithin.
Dianne Craft advised to keep the Lecithin supplement refrigerated once you have opened the container to keep it from becoming rancid. Lecithin should have a sweet, grainy odor when it is fresh. If it smells sour, it is not fresh.
You can improve emotional health, boost thinking powers of the brain, improve memory, and motor coordination by assuring that you and your children have an adequate amount of needed neurotransmitters available at all times. This is possible with the use of lecithin, the food your brain must have for total survival.
One interesting ‘side effect’ of Lecithin has been reported by several men. They noticed that, where their hairline had begun to recede, there discovered little tufts of new hair appearing. Very promising, but it is still anecdotal evidence. Need more proof, isn’t it?
Dianne Craft suggested such fun science experiment at home. It will demonstrate the unique fat-dissolving ability of lecithin. If you sprinkle a tablespoon of lecithin granules on the cooled liquid from a beef roast you will see that the fat has been broken into many tiny particles as the lecithin emulsifies it.
That is a visual proof of how it works inside of your body by metabolising fats.