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Doctor insights on: Facts About Lecithin

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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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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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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?

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