Lecithin is converted into acetylcholine, a substance that transmits nerve impulses.
Uses and effectiveness
May not work
May not work
- Dementia related to Alzheimer's disease or other causes. Taking lecithin alone or taking it with tacrine or ergot does not seem to improve the mental capacity of people with dementia. It also does not seem to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
Not enough evidence
More evidence is needed to evaluate lecithin for these uses.
- High cholesterol. Limited studies have shown that lecithin reduces cholesterol in healthy people and taking cholesterol-lowering treatments (statins). However, other evidence suggests that lecithin has no effect on low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol or total cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol.
- Manic depression Early research shows that taking lecithin can improve the symptoms of delusions, speech confusion, and hallucinations in patients with mania.
- Dry skin, dermatitis. Lecithin is often added to skin creams to help the skin retain moisture. People may tell you this is effective, but there are no reliable clinical studies showing that lecithin is effective for this purpose.
- Athletic performance. Limited studies have shown that oral lecithin does not seem to improve the performance of trained athletes.
- Dyskinesia (tardive dyskinesia). Early studies have shown that oral administration of lecithin alone or in combination with a lithium salt After 2 months in combination, do not appear to improve symptoms in patients with tardive dyskinesia.
- Parkinson's Disease. Early studies have shown that 32 grams of lecithin per day does not improve the clinical symptoms of Parkinson's disease patients.
Lecithin is safe for most people. It can cause some side effects, including diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain or fullness.
Special precautions and warnings
Pregnancy and breast feeding: Not enough people know how to use lecithin during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Stay safe and avoid use.
The appropriate dose of lecithin depends on several factors, such as the user's age, health, and other conditions. There is not enough scientific information to determine the appropriate dose range for lecithin. Remember that natural products are not always safe, and dosage may be important. Be sure to follow the relevant instructions on the product label, and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before use.