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Why take that supplement?

Posted Jan 23 2009 5:45pm
Do you know why you take that supplement? Yes, the one in your hand right now. Or is it just that you have taken it for so long that it is just part of your routine?

Do you take a Lecithin supplement? You can take it in capsule form or sprinkle granules on cereals or soups. You get some naturally as part of your brewer's yeast, whole grains, legumes, fish and wheat germ.

Can you take too much? I doubt it. Lecithin is a lipid that is needed by every living cell in your body. Cell membranes are mostly composed of lecithin. The protective sheath around your brain is composed of lecithin.

Lecithin contains B vitamin choline, linoleic acid and inositol. It is a lipid but is partly soluble in water and acts as an emulsifying agent.

What parts of the body does it help? Easier to say what it does not help.

Let's see, helps to prevent arteriosclerosis, improves brain function, guards against heart disease, improves energy, helps repair the liver.

Lecithin enables fats (bad cholesterol) to be mixed in the water in your body and thereby removed from the body preventing that dreaded fatty buildup in the arteries.

I remember years ago when I was in my very early 20's. My grandmother told me to take a Lecithin supplement. She said it was the most important pill I could take. She lived into her late 80's and was still driving herself around and working on the family genealogy until the end - and still taking her lecithin everyday.

If you don't take Lecithin, start. It becomes even more important as we age. If you are like my mother-in-law and can't swallow pills, just get the granules and sprinkle away.

until next time - smile
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