Lecithin is a fat that takes up a third of all the matter in our brain. Lecithin holds choline, a vital neurotransmitter phospholipid that’s involved in thousands of processes in our body each and every day including concentration, dexterity, bodily movements – even urination and bowel movements!
1. Healthier Brain
Sunflower lecithin is loaded with phospholipids, namely, phosphatidylethanolamine and phosphatidylinositol, and phosphatidylcholine. Each are major ingredients the body uses to create, repair, and strengthen brain and nerve cells. People who suffer from degenerative brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s have shown significant improvements to their conditions when a daily dose of 35mg or more of sunflower lecithin is administered.
2. Cholesterol Lowering (Linoleic Acid)
Since lecithin is a fat emulsifier, it’s a vital component used by the body to remove excess fats from the bloodstream, including triglycerides and free cholesterol. Linoleic acid is the main ingredient found in sunflower lecithin that helps the liver to accomplish this task. The only other lecithin-containing plant that contains as much linoleic acid in it is olive oil. Soy lecithin contains very small amounts.
3. Liver Repair
When the liver gets over-loaded with excess lipids (fats), they start to accumulate inside the organ rather than being eliminated through the bowels as they’re supposed to. This condition is known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and it’s a growing epidemic that causes type-II diabetes, cirrhosis, and even liver cancer. The phospholipids in sunflower lecithin help to keep the liver clear of these excess fats and thus, work more efficiently.
4. Powerful Antioxidant
Sunflower lecithin contains one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants, called phosphatidylcholine. This antioxidant prevents free radicals from destroying the cells in our bodies. The oxidative damage done by free radicals causes premature aging and cancer throughout the body.
5. Faster Healing
The linoleic and other oleic acids in sunflower lecithin helps speed the release of inflammatory transmitters (cytokines) to the injured areas of our body. To achieve this benefit on external wounds, apply lecithin straight to the affected area.
6. Nervous System Health
The abundance of fatty acids found in sunflower lecithin help to strengthen nerve tissues and increase neurotransmitter activity. Nerve fibers are made up of myelin sheaths. These sheaths are like a complex information railroad that allows nerve impulses to travel to their destination. When they’re disrupted the nervous system is thrown out of balance.
7. Lowers Blood Pressure
As you’ve learned already, linoleic acid is an emulsifier that works to break down fats of all kinds in the body, including excess triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood. When levels of either are too high, they accumulate on the walls of our arteries causing arteriosclerosis (ie., thickening of the walls of the arteries) which leads to high blood pressure and eventually heart attacks and strokes.
8. Sleep Quality
Sunflower lecithin has more choline than almost any other plant or animal food source found in nature. Choline is converted to acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter, which many people around the world are deficient in because of their processed food diets.
Lecithin is the fatty, viscous fluid that sits between and lubricates every joint in our body. Without adequate intake of lecithin, joints become stiff which eventually leads to permanent joint problems and diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Consuming 40 – 100mg of sunflower lecithin per day can help ease the symptoms of joint disease too.
SUNFLOWER lecithin is better than soy lecithin because:
- it is cold-pressed without any chemicals/solvents
- 25% more choline than soy
- high in manganese, copper, magnesium, Vitamin B1, B6, Folate and Vitamin E
- Rich in choline, inositol, and lenoleic acid
- NO PHYTOESTROGEN like soy contains
It is recommended to take 10g of sunflower lecithin every day.
- Add it in your salad dressing and make sauce with it. Lecithin binds water and fat - you will have very creamy sauce!
- Add it in your coffee, as long as it is not too hot. Lecithin makes your Bulletproof Coffee/Matcha very creamy and delicious. We find it very useful when you are traveling and you have no powerful blender to mix coffee with MCT oil and butter. Adding some lecithin helps! Don't make it too hot because the fats can oxidize.