Journalists of the Russian international information agency «Novosti» asked me for help in preparing a material on the topic «Lecithin: types, benefits and harms, peculiarities of ingestion». I prepared an expert commentary and also helped to check the material prepared by journalists for errors and inaccuracies.
So, lecithin performs not one but several functions in the human body. Firstly, it is one of the main structural components of cells (of which cell membranes are composed), helping to renew and «repair» them.
That is, it is the building material for many organs and tissues, primarily the brain and nervous system in general, as well as the liver.
It also helps to deliver to the cells all the necessary nutrients (vitamins, etc.), and also contains a component that promotes the formation of acetylcholine — an important neurotransmitter that affects the function of the brain.
In addition, lecithin plays a role in metabolism, has antioxidant properties (that is, can fight free radicals).