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Lecithin For Metabolic Weight Loss

Posted Feb 10 2009 10:00am
Metabolism is the key to losing weight. A person with a faster metabolism is able to body to burn fat quicker, which is why most active children don’t face weight issues. When we age, however, our metabolism slows down and we find it more difficult to keep the extra pounds off. Is there anything that we can do to put the life back into a sluggish metabolism?

The liver is the key organ for fat metabolism. Surprised? The liver has many functions. It is the main organ for detoxifying the pollutants and chemicals in the body. It also serves as glycogen storage, plasma protein synthesis and bile production, which is important in digestion. Bile, by the way, is also key to metabolizing the fats that are stored in the liver; it converts these fats into energy for the body to use.

The connections between the liver, fat metabolism and weight loss may seem remote at first. When lecithin enters the equation, however, you have the key ingredient that brings them all together.

The Liver’s Role in Weight Loss

If you constantly struggle with weight gain, it can seem like an ongoing battle that spans a lifetime. You may endure yo-yo dieting, with your weight constantly going up and down. At the same time, you contend with a sluggish metabolism and unbridled cravings and in the end, nothing seems to work.

To be successful in weight loss, you need to address the root of the problem, rather than constantly trying to tackle the symptoms. A sluggish liver and congestion throughout the body will certainly lead to fatigue and malaise, but this is only part of the problem.

Weight gain is often the result of poor liver function. When your liver is in poor health and unable to perform its basic functions, there is a very likely chance that the condition will result in weight gain. Excessive weight due to liver malfunction is often presented in the forms of cellulite, water retention and extra inches around the abdomen.

Bile’s Role in Losing Weight

Secreting bile is one of the liver’s main functions. Known also as gall, bile is a complex, bitter tasting, greenish-yellow alkaline fluid. This fluid contains water, electrolytes, and a host of organic molecules including bile acids, bilirubin, cholesterol and phospholipids (lecithin). Bile is a critical element in digestion and crucial to the metabolism and absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins. Many of the body’s waste products are also excreted into the bile.

Lecithin is an important element of bile, acting as an emulsifier and antioxidant. It helps to disperse cholesterol and break it down into essential fatty acids. Lecithin has a phosphate group that makes it hydrophobic, allowing it to move away from water and the fluids surrounding molecules. It also has a lipophilic (fat-loving) head that moves toward the fats.

These characteristics allow lecithin to help stabilize the fatty acid molecules by forming a semi-permeable, lipophilic/hydrophobic ring around them. With this emulsifying action, bile is kept stable and the liver is able to perform its many functions, including cholesterol breakdown and fat metabolism.

Losing Weight with Lecithin

Over the years, since scientists first discovered the role that lecithin plays in fat and cholesterol metabolism in the liver, many researchers have studied the connection between lecithin and weight loss. If lecithin really contributes to weight loss, what evidence was there to prove that there is indeed a connection between weight loss and lecithin?

Many studies remain unreported, however, one investigation proves that there is some bearing on lecithin for weight loss. In this study, choline was found to be a component of phosphatidylcholine, which is one of the many names that scientists use to refer to lecithin. Choline is a nutrient essential to the human body that has the ability to break cholesterol into small particles and allow them to be easily handled by the digestive system. A sufficient intake of lecithin prevents the cholesterol building up within the walls of the veins and arteries.

The effect of lecithin on the liver can increase metabolism and, as a result, decrease extra pounds. This compound is commonly found in soy products and can also be taken as a supplement. Try it as an addition to your healthy diet and exercise regime. Columnist Aldrich Cusens writes for a variety of popular Internet magazines, on healthy weight loss and diet fitness subjects.

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