Phosphatidyl Choline, or Phosphatidylcholine as it is often written, is a dietary source for choline.
It is actually derived from lecithin.
When it’s taken, it’s broken down into its core constitutent elements of glycerol free fatty acids, phosphate, and choline.
It’s not sexy but phosphatidylcholine is classified as a phospholipid and is a key component of cell membranes. It is, therefore, critical to our health. Did you know that?
Did you know that lecithin is actually a fatty substance that is critical for a whole host of bodily functions including helping nutrients move in and out of cells as well as assisting in the building of those cells?
There are many names this nutritional supplement has gone by, but the term lecithin is the one most popular.
In fact, chemically speaking, lecithin is actually phosphatidylcholine. However, currently only about 20% to 25% of products sold over-the-counter actually have phosphatidyl choline.
Soybean is the most common source of lecithins that contain phosphatidyl choline. And sunflowers as well.
Benefits of Phosphatidyl Choline
So, what are the advantages of this phosphatidyl choline nutrient? I’ve touched upon a few, but to be more specific, it helps in breaking down fat deposits in the body, which is why it’s gained favor among those seeking fat loss.
It also is helpful in the prevention of heart disease, specifically atherosclerosis.
It also helps the liver in removing toxins to the body — critical to your health. It also helps with gallbladder health.
Lastly, it also helps eliminate cholesterol buildup, and it increases the release of acetylcholine, which is a key brain neurotransmitter used in memory recall.
Precautions of Phosphatidylcholine
This nutrient is a necessary nutrient so overdoses are rare. However, very high doses of phosphatidyl choline may cause stomach upset, sweating, and gastrointestinal problems. Currently, there is no RDA, so stick to a supplement dosage from 25 miligrams to 100. I’ve seen recommendations as high as 250 mgs, but be safe and stick to no more than what I’ve recommended here.
How To Choose Quality Phosphatidyl Choline
A deficiency of Phosphatidyl Choline is earmarked by hypertension, cirrhosis of the liver, and other liver issues. Because phosphatidylcholine is broken down in the body into choline, a limited amount of this vitamin (more commonly referred to as Vitamin B4) will manifest itself quite quickly.
The good news is that within only a month’s time, these choline deficiencies can be reversed, according to clinical studies anyway. So, what should you look for in choosing this supplement?
Don’t buy it singly as almost all nutrients are interdependent (plus it’s a lot more expensive). I’d recommend taking it with a multivitamin supplement that has a full complement of herbal extracts, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc.
The multivitamin nutritional supplement I take has phosphatidylcholine in it as well as the full complement of nutrients mentioned. It is also a pharmaceutical-grade quality supplement produced at GMP-compliant faclilities, thus ensuring its potency. In fact, this supplement has a guaranteed assimilation percentage of 80% or higher.
I hope this Phosphatidyl Choline Information has been helpful to you.
Yours in health, hope, and harmony,