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For 8-10 years, I supplemented with a high dosage of soy lecithin for its cholesterol-lowering and anti-atherogenic benefits. Recently this is not popular. Is it likely I did any damage? No symptoms.

For 8-10 years, I supplemented with a high dosage of soy lecithin for its cholesterol-lowering and anti-atherogenic benefits. Recently this is not popular. Is it likely I did any damage? No symptoms.

No harm done: Soy products are healthy, yet there is always some controversy about all good nutrients, off and on.
You should eat a healthy diet with ample amount of fruits, grains and veggies and avoid excess of animal fats. Top it up with more physical activity (walk daily) and you will not have to worry about taking any supplements!! . ...Read more

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My father (age : 61) is tested reactive on hepatitis b antigen. Is there any side-effect for him to take salmon oil & lecithin to lower cholesterol?

My father (age : 61) is tested reactive on hepatitis b antigen. Is there any side-effect for him to take salmon oil & lecithin to lower cholesterol?

Lower cholesterol: Unless there is an allergy or sensitivity, salmon oil and lecithin should be perfectly safe to ingest in moderate amounts. ...Read more

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4 wks pregnet. Why is it bad to take soy lecithin if iam having a boy? What do estogen levels have anything to do with that? Is soy lecithin capsuls ok

4 wks pregnet. Why is it bad to take soy lecithin if iam having a boy? What do estogen levels have anything to do with that? Is soy lecithin capsuls ok

Stay safe: avoid: No hard scientific evidence is available or known about the use of lecithin during pregnancy. Many would be very conservative and say to avoid supplementation during pregnancy. Discuss use of this and other supplements with your OB. I wouldn't worry about the soy intake and association with phytoestrogen-endocrine disruption. ...Read more

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Will taking a lecithin supplement increase risk of stroke and heart attack?

Will taking a lecithin supplement increase risk of stroke and heart attack?

More research needed: A recent study showed that eating eggs, which are high in lecithin, leads to increased blood levels of tmao which increases risk of heart disease & stroke. Gut bacteria break lecithin down into tmao. However, this ignores other benefits of lecithin, such as improving blood lipids! Many studies have been done showing eating 1 egg a day does not increase risk of heart attack or stroke. See comment:. ...Read more

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Can I use lecithin to cleanse my gallbladder?

Can I use lecithin to cleanse my gallbladder?

Waste of time: Gallbladders empty whenever you eat, at least partially. Nothing will "cleanse" your gallbladder--stones mostly stay put and there are no toxins building up. ...Read more

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I know lecithin contain choline - but how much?

I know lecithin contain choline - but how much?

It depends: Lecithin supplements contain varying amounts of choline. It depends on the specific brand of lecithin. ...Read more

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Is it good to take lecithin?

Can't recommend it: This is widely promoted for mental illness, multiple sclerosis ("myelin contains lecithin"), and gallstones (which lecithin might help solubilize if you could get it into the bile; no recent papers). I ran a nih database search and was sorry to find no experiments or rationale for the brain-health claims. Ask your physician about other complementary medicines that might be right for you. ...Read more

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What is Lecithin and does it have health benefits?

What is Lecithin and does it have health benefits?

It is a fat: It is used for many purposes including those outside of medicine. It is used as a food additives to make sure ingredients stay mixed. It is used as a skin moisturizer. Health-wise it is used to address fat accumulation in the liver, memory issues such as in the case of various dementias, high cholesterol and skin issues. Unfortunately there isn't a lot of research in regards to its effectiveness ...Read more

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I started taking lecithin in chewable tablets one weeks ago. I notice my stools are light in color since then. Is this OK??

I started taking lecithin in chewable tablets one weeks ago. I notice my stools are light in color since then. Is this OK??

Lecithin supplements: Lecithin supplements are touted on the Internet to have many purported benefits, although there is no scientific evidence that any of these are true. They specifically do not help produce weight-loss or improve memory. They are recommended, however, if you take niacin supplements. Lecithin can make the stool lighter in color, which is probably of no consequence. ...Read more

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Is there a healthy, or at least not unhealthy, source of lecithin for stabilizing? I have a bad feeling about soy lecithin because of soy estrogens.

Is there a healthy, or at least not unhealthy, source of lecithin for stabilizing? I have a bad feeling about soy lecithin because of soy estrogens.

There is no known: Medical benefit to taking lecithin in any form. What are you attempting to "stabilize". Lecithin won't do it. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or internet scams. ...Read more

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What is lecithin?

What is lecithin?

Milk duct remedy: First discovered in egg yolks, lecithin is a slippery substance that lets oil and water mix. It's found in lots of foods. And it's added to foods (for example, to keep the cocoa powder and cocoa butter together in chocolate) and used in cooking sprays. It's also available as a supplement, often recommended for clogged milk ducts. Some swear by it. Not clear how well it works, but clear it is safe. ...Read more

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Could lecithin be used for gall stones?

Could lecithin be used for gall stones?

IT won't help: If gallstones don't bother you, nothing needs to be done. If you're having biliary colic and fatty food intolerance, you need to have the gb removed. Lecithin will have no benefit in either situation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can Lecithin and Omega Guard help me improve my ability to study?

Can Lecithin and Omega Guard help me improve my ability to study?

Maybe: This is the big question that scientists have been pondering on for several years. There is some good evidence to show fish oils (or more specifically omega-3 oil) can improve learning and behaviour & lecithin helps the body digest and utilize the fats and oils that are critical in maintaining efficient brain and nerve function. But we need more scientific research
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Compare and contrast soy lecithin vs soy protein?

Compare and contrast soy lecithin vs soy protein?

Big difference!: Lecithin is a generic term to designate any group of yellow-brownish fatty substances occurring in animal and plant tissues composed of phosphoric acid, choline, fatty acids, glycerol, and triglycerides. An example-spray on pam! Soy protein is prtein derived from soy, and contains Amino Acids necessary for life! ...Read more

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When I'm using piracetam+lecithin for cognitive enhancement sometimes I experience deja vu. What does it mean, and is there a reason to be afraid?

When I'm using piracetam+lecithin for cognitive enhancement sometimes I experience deja vu. What does it mean, and is there a reason to be afraid?

No, don't be afraid.: They have used piracetam-lecithin for memory enhancement but I never heard of deja vu as a side-effect. Perhaps the deja vu are reminders of past memory that were triggered by the combination. If the deja vu interferes with your daily functioning I suggest you stop the drugs and see if this goes away. ...Read more

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Can one with a soy allergy be treated with soy lecithin to build an immunity?

Can one with a soy allergy be treated with soy lecithin to build an immunity?

Probably not: We generally do not instruct patients with soy allergy to avoid soy lecithin. Processed soybean oil is considered safe in patients with soy allergy. No cure for food allergy is available. Strict avoidance of the food allergen is the only therapeutic option. There are some experimental strategies on the horizon, though, such as oral, sublingual, and subcutaneous immunotherapy. ...Read more

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I take risperidone. It has cognitive sideffects due to anticholinergic activity. What can I do to treat it? Will Alpha GPC, choline or lecithin help?

I take risperidone. It has cognitive sideffects due to anticholinergic activity. What can I do to treat it? Will Alpha GPC, choline or lecithin help?

Dose of Risperdone: Important. See more anticholinergic side effects at doses greater than 1 mg. Parkinsonism above mg. Concomitant use of Ginko may worsen situation. Ginko has not shown to improve long term cogntive issues. One study in China with concomitant use of Risperdal has been completed but results are unavailable at this time. Another study looking at use of Risperdal with Ginko in autism showed no benefit. ...Read more

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Is soy safe during pregnancy? Should I avoid anything with soy, like soybean oil, soy sauce, & soy lecithin? Read that estrogen in soy can affect baby

Is soy safe during pregnancy? Should I avoid anything with soy, like soybean oil, soy sauce, & soy lecithin? Read that estrogen in soy can affect baby

Soy is ok: Too much can be a problem like anything else. It is best to read labels and look for non gmo soy (90% is genetically engineered). Soy can have estrogenic affects. It is better to avoid if you know you have a boy. If youdo not know the sex, be sensible...Read labels and do not overdo. You do not need to avoid everything with soy. ...Read more

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I am on triphasil (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) and I drink vital lecithin. Can this affect the pill?

I am on triphasil (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) and I drink vital lecithin. Can this affect the pill?

Lecithin on the pill: Lecithin is estrogenic and will potentially
increase side effects of the pill. It will not, however, affect the efficacy. ...Read more

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I got a rash from nose-chin after halloween. I had 3 antibiotics, nothing happened. Could it be an allergy to chocolate/gluten/milk/lecithin....?

I got a rash from nose-chin after halloween. I had 3 antibiotics, nothing happened. Could it be an allergy to chocolate/gluten/milk/lecithin....?

Unlikely: It would be unusual to have a persistent rash for two months after eating halloween candy. Skin inflammation from continued exposure to a skin irritant or allergen like cosmetics would be more likely although I don't know what your rash looks like. An allergist or dermatologist can patch test you to common causes of rash (contact dermatitis). ...Read more

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I had a healthy shake that had soy lecithin in it will that cause high estrogen and breast cancer I'm worried?

I had a healthy shake that had soy lecithin in it will that cause high estrogen and breast cancer I'm worried?

A Shake: One shake is not going to alter your risk for anything. Soy lecithin is not a harmful substance anyway and is not a risk factor for breast cancer or any other disease.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more