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Lecithin is an emulsifier, breaking fats down into small separate particles, keeping blood cholesterol in suspension to prevent arterial deposits. Taken persistently, lecithin partially and slowly eliminates existing cholesterol deposits from the circulatory system. Lecithin contains phosphatidyl choline which provides the second benefit of taking lecithin. Phosphatidyl choline is another precursor used by the body to build acetylcholine and helps maintain the nervous system.
Getting More Choline is Essential - Your Brain Needs it for Thinking and Remembering
Your brain has a huge appetite for choline. It’s the primary building block for acetylcholine. You burn it up 24/7 as your brain uses it to maintain clear communication between trillions of neurons.
Each time one of your billions of nerve cells passes a message it uses a molecule of acetylcholine, so your body needs to keep making the stuff or your nervous system calls it quits. Actually, it does worse than quitting, it starts cannibalizing itself! Call it absent mindedness, forgetfulness, dementia, Alzheimer’s or whatever but clinical studies confirm the direct connection between choline and memory.
You need it for all the basics like thought, memory and sleep. It even controls how you move. Your muscles receive commands from your brain via acetylcholine. That means your sense of balance and stability is controlled by this key transmitter.
Like many nutrients, your supply of choline drops as you get older. As this happens, you can expect some or all of these symptoms:
- Poor recall and memory loss
- Fatigue or lack of energy
- Brain fog and/or a sense of confusion
- Problems falling asleep, tossing and turning
- Unable to catch on, or learn new things
- Feeling distracted or irritable
- Walking with a wobbly or shaky gait, unable to stay balanced
From a newsletter from Dr Al Sears and from from the "How and When to Be Your Own Doctor" book, by Dr. Isabelle A. Moser with Steve Solomon, published in 1997 http://chestofbooks.com/health/Isabelle-A-Moser/How-and-When-to-Be-Your-Own-Doctor/Algae.html
Acetylcholine: A key chemical in nerve cells that carries information across the space between two nerve cells. From http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=23278
Neurotransmitter: A chemical that is released from a nerve cell which thereby transmits an impulse from a nerve cell to another nerve, muscle, organ, or other tissue. A neurotransmitter is a messenger of information from one cell to another. From http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=9973