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Douglas Labs Lecithin (Soya) Granules is conveniently offered softgel form to provide potent levels of phospholipids.
Lecithin is a phospholipid composed of phosphatidyl esters (phosphatides), mainly consisting of phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylinositol. Soybean lecithin typically contains around 24% phosphatidylcholine, 22% phosphatidylethanolamine, and 19% phosphatidylinositol. Lecithin also contains fatty acids, which are primarily omega-6 fatty acids and a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids.
Phospholipids are the major component in the membranes of the brain. Membranes are the working surfaces of every cell, carrying out the essential functions of cellular communication and hormonal signal transduction. Nerve cells, in particular, depend on healthy membrane function for normal neurotransmitter metabolism and nerve signal transmission. Choline, as a component of phosphatidylcholine, is used for synthesis and maintenance of normal cell membranes. Taking lecithin orally may increase serum choline, a precursor to the acetylcholine which supports memory.
In addition, lecithin can play a key role in the emulsification and mobilization of fats and cholesterol. Lecithin has Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status in the US.
Lecithin may be a useful dietary supplement for individuals who wish to support cardiovascular or neurological health with phospholipids.
SIDE EFFECTS: Consuming large amounts (greater than 30 grams) of lecithin may cause upset stomach or diarrhea.
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Directions: Adults take 1 softgel before lunch or as directed by physician.
Other Ingredients: Water and gelatin (capsule).
No yeast, wheat, gluten, milk/dairy, corn, sodium, sugar, starch, artificial coloring, preservatives or flavoring.