No raw fooder's kitchen is complete without a tub of lecithin in the fridge. It's an important dietary source of phosphatidyl choline, which is hard to find in a vegan diet (there's plenty in eggs, and a little in bee pollen).
But not only that, it's a great culinary ingredient for making puddings and smoothies extra creamy. Use in milks, cakes and desserts.
Note: Lecithin is not a raw product. This lecithin is soy based and is guaranteed GMO-free.
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The following informtion is taken from: Phospholipids Online
Phospholipids (pronounced fos-fo-lip-ids) are complex substances with chemical, biochemical, and nutritional characteristics that place them in a unique nutritional category. They are indispensable for life and are abundant in all human and the other known life forms. The profound biochemical importance of phospholipids is reflected in their extraordinary clinical benefits as dietary supplements.
Though often confused with triglyceride lipids (fats) and erroneously called “good fats”, phospholipids are chemically distinct from fats and other lipids by containing phosphorus and having their own characteristic molecular plan.
The most fundamental property of phospholipids for life is their unique capacity to simultaneously mix both with water and with oil. By bridging these two dissimilar physical environments, phospholipids are able to spontaneously assemble (“self-assemble”) into the most basic life giving structures: membranes. Their self -assembly tendency makes the phospholipids prime biochemical building blocks for all the known life forms.
In the sophisticated human organism, phospholipid self-assembly generates the extensive cell membrane systems on which virtually all the important metabolic reactions occur; as well as the circulating lipoproteins that transport substances around the body. But phospholipid availability may sometimes limit these essential functions. The body can bio-synthesize phospholipids from other substances, but usually many enzymes and a great deal of energy are required. Consequently, some phospholipids are probably conditionally essential nutrients from some human subpopulations.
In recent decades our total dietary phospholipid intake has declined, mainly due to increased food refining and processing. The foods most enriched in phospholipids are eggs, brain and other organ meats, muscle meats, milk and peanut butter. Phospholipids have been commercially available as dietary supplements since the 1920s, and were among the first health foods (as the crude preparation “lecithin”).
Modern dietary phospholipid supplements are clinically proven safe and beneficial for the brain, liver, circulation, and intestinal tract.
In recent decades our total dietary phospholipid intake has declined, mainly due to increased food refining and processing. The foods most enriched in phospholipids are eggs, brain and other organ meats, muscle meats, milk and peanut butter. Phospholipids have been commercially available as dietary supplements since the 1920s, and were among the first health foods (as the crude preparation “lecithin”). Certain modern dietary phospholipid supplements are clinically proven safe and beneficial for the brain, liver, circulation, and intestinal tract.
Recently, just three phospholipids are commercially cost-effective for dietary supplements: PS (PhosphatidylSerine), PC (PhosphatidylCholine), and GPC (GlyceroPhosphoCholine, technically a “pro-phospholipid”). All three are orthomolecules, substances naturally present and widespread in living systems, from the human to the simplest known. All are very safe to take long-term, while offering valuable proven benefits for health.
Note: phospholipidsonline.com have over 1000 research papers on phospholipds on file.
Versatile and Effective
Cell Membrane Nutraceuticals
The phospholipids are a particularly versatile group of nutraceuticals, as envisaged already in 1884 by Thudicum: “Phospholipids are the centre, life, and chemical soul of all bioplasm whatsoever, that of plants as well as animals.” The phospholipids are orthomolecules (molecules orthodox to the body), having been part and parcel of living cells since life began. They perform a great range of structural, biochemical, and functional roles to support the conditions necessary for maintaining life (homeostasis) and so to maintain good health throughout the individual’s lifespan.
Phospholipids are able to mix with both oil and water. This makes them the body's main micellizing agents. As micellizers, the phospholipids can self-assemble into circulating lipoproteins, tiny particles that transport nutrients from one organ ot others by way of the blood. Also as micellizers, the phospholipids have a central role in digestion. Their micellizing properties also make them good surfactants (surface-active agents), the natural wetting agents in the lungs, kidneys, and intestines. And to cap all this, phospholipids are the chief building blocks of our cell membranes. All our cells rely on membranes to generate their life energy and manage many other essential functions. Altogether, phospholipids enhance homeostasis from the humble level of the single cell, to the body as a whole.
The decline of health is a consequence of deterioration or death of the cells that make up the affected organs. Since cell membrane systems are absolutely crucial to healthy cell function, revitalization of membrane function can translate into partial rejuvenation of the whole organ. The phospholipids, backed by thousands of biochemical, experimental and clinical studies, have the most positive record of accomplishments in this area. Thus PhosphatidylSerine (PS) helps revitalize memory, learning and concentration. PS also benefits mood and adaptation to stress, both in the young and the elderly. The brain's energy utilization also can be markedly improved by PS. Phosphatidylserine is the nutrient best documented to revitalize fading memory.
GlyceroPhosphoCholine (GPC) is a phospholipid with clinical benefits against brain deterioration related to poor circulation. GPC supports faster and more complete recovery from stroke or other brain trauma. It protects the kidneys, liver, muscle, and other organs against metabolic damage. GPC is also the body's premier reservoir of the essential nutrient choline. And preliminary studies indicate GPC can help enhance growth hormone in the pituitary, the gland that produces growth hormone.
The premier nutrient PhosphatidylCholine (PC) helps the liver regenerate faster following damage from pollutant chemicals, pharmaceutical side effects, viruses, or alcoholism. PC is the most abundant membrane constituent in all the organs, and is vital to membrane rebuilding following damage.
Supplements of phospholipids (PL) benefit the circulation. High LDL and total cholesterol levels become lowered, and blood flow may become improved. PL supplements also inhibit Chol absorption from the intestine; they have significant antioxidant activity, protective to the vessel walls; they provide methyl groups to help recycle homocysteine and so help protect the blood vessel linings. Nutraceutical phospholipids are the foundation of any effort to improve health and lessen the likelihood of catastrophic tissue and organ breakdown.
Phospholipid matrices can be custom-designed to improve the bioavailability of selected nutrients (the percent that reaches the tissues), while simultaneously adding their own clinical benefits to the preparation. Instantized liposomes can help target specific modes of nutrient delivery.
With their virtually perfect safety record and their well-documented, multifaceted benefits, the phospholipids offer benefit-to-risk profiles that compare favorably with all the other nutrient classes. More than 60 double-blind trials and thousands of scientific studies prove that phospholipid supplements have unparalleled potential for maintaining one's quality of life over the passage of time.
Parris M. Kidd, PhD (University of California, Berkeley)
Nutrition scientist and educator
For further info on this topic, read Dr. Kidd’s books on PS and GPC available from Total Health Communications, St George, Utah, tel 888-316-6051.
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