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02-01-2006, 02:51 PM
Anybody know anything about lecithin?? Good? Bad?
It is suppose to help with memory -- I could use that, but what exactly is it??
02-01-2006, 03:17 PM
here is a well repsected site andan excerpt:
"Soy has been shown to affect tyrosine hydroxylase activity in animals, causing the utilization rate of dopamine to be "profoundly disturbed." When soy lecithin supplements were given throughout perinatal development, they reduced activity in the cerebral cortex and "altered synaptic characteristics in a manner consistent with disturbances in neural function." 
the other non soy source of lecithin i eggs
this is from 1001 herbs site for definition of lecithin
Lecithin (Nervous, Circulatory) is a fatlike substance called a phospholipid. It is produced daily by the liver if the diet is adequate. It is needed by every cell in the body and is a key building block of cell membranes; without it, they would harden. Lecithin protects cells from oxidation and largely comprises the protective sheaths surrounding the brain. It is composed mostly of B vitamins, phosphoric acid, choline, linoleic acid and inositol. Although it is a fatty substance, it is also a fat emulsifier. Hence, it supports the circulatory system. Its choline is useful for making acetylcholine
02-01-2006, 04:19 PM
As far as I know, lecithin available for purchase is not raw (I suppose the lecithin IN eggs is raw). Some posters here stated they use it. I asked for a source if it was raw, and got no responses; so my assumption is that it was not raw.
I've looked for it have been unable to locate any raw source. I used to use it in various dishes, usually for texture.
If you ever happen across a raw source, be sure to post it here for us.
Fresh sunflower sprouts contain lecithin in reasonable quantities but do note that (apparently) virtually ALL natural wholefoods contain small amounts of lecithin.
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