and lower cholesterol naturally.
Natural egg and soy lecithin have gained popularity recently for brain health, improving everything from memory to mood.
But lecithin is just as amazing in its ability to melt away gallstones and lower cholesterol naturally.
Lecithin is a phospholipid found in cell membranes, and one of its main roles is to help move nutrients and wastes, including cholesterol.
The best natural sources of lecithin are eggs, soy, and organ meats, though seeds, peanuts, legumes, and certain fruits and vegetables contain lesser amounts.
Lecithin is great for dissolving gallstones because most are primarily cholesterol.
During digestion, lecithin joins with bile and basically becomes a cholesterol magnet that grabs and carries bad LDL cholesterol to the liver, where it is broken down and transformed into good HDL cholesterol.
This dissolves gallstones and lowers bad cholesterol levels over time.
Eggs are a convenient rich source of lecithin. It is interesting to note that eggs are not the cholesterol bad guys we thought they were. The lecithin helps bind the cholesterol, significantly reducing its impact.
But you do need to choose eggs from chickens raised properly, since the cholesterol level is higher in those coming from cramped unhealthy conditions. Look for "free range" or "cage free" organic eggs - and make certain the company you select is not deceiving you with false claims.
(Cornucopia Institute's Organic Egg Scorecard can help you spot the phonies.)
Egg or soy lecithin in supplement form is perhaps a more predictable way to help your body dissolve gallstones and lower cholesterol naturally.
Sunflower is another option, though not as potent as egg or soy lecithin.
Lecithin granules provide the best quality and the most bang for your lecithin buck.
You can chew the granules on their own, sprinkle them over cereal or soup, or mix them into smoothies.
Look for a high level of phosphatidylcholine per serving, as this can vary.
For any product containing soy lecithin, be sure it is not a genetically modified organism (GMO).
Nearly all U.S. soy is genetically modified, which will do far more harm to your health than good.
Now Foods non-GMO soy lecithin is a reliable source.
One tablespoon of granulated lecithin per day is usually a good starting point, though check with your healthcare provider if you have significant health issues. In rare cases, an allergic reaction is possible.
While dissolving gallstones and lowering cholesterol are huge lecithin perks, many people also report increased energy and mental clarity.
According to Jack Challem, author of The Food-Mood Solution, lecithin also fights depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Apparently a little lecithin goes a long, long way.
To monitor your progress, you might consider a home cholesterol test. You do need to draw a drop or two of blood, but the test is not hard otherwise.
For best results, use your home cholesterol test in the morning before eating.