What is phosphatidylcholine used for?
Phosphatidylcholine is part of the family known as phospholipids, which are substances that contain fatty acids, glycerol, and phosphorus. Phosphatidylcholine is sometimes also called lecithin — or the terms are used interchangeably — since this is a component within it.
Phosphatidylcholine is used to help treat and manage a wide variety of health concerns and issues, including:
- Memory and brain-related disorders or conditions, including: memory loss (as well as dementia)
- Anxiety and other mood-related disorders
- Inflammatory bowel disease (and/or ulcerative colitis)
- Gallbladder disease
- Weight loss
- Visible signs of aging
- Dissolving or reducing “fat pockets”, including in the under-eye area
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Phosphatidylcholine is usually taken by mouth, but it can also be injected under the skin, depending on the need and use. For example, to dissolve “fat pockets”, an injection is the more likely route and use of phosphatidylcholine. Some people may take phosphatidylcholine daily for a specific period of time and then stop, whereas others may need to take it consistently.
When should I take phosphatidylcholine?
It’s important to note that phosphatidylcholine may not be right for everyone. Before taking any new medication or supplement, you should always consult with a healthcare practitioner that knows you and your health history, as well as whether you have health risks that can be exacerbated by taking phosphatidylcholine. For example, those who are pregnant or breastfeeding may not be able to take phosphatidylcholine.
With that said, there is some evidence that it can have an impact on the health issues listed above. If determined to be right for you, you may be able to take phosphatidylcholine to treat or manage the above conditions.
What are the benefits of phosphatidylcholine?
Research is still ongoing, but so far, phosphatidylcholine is thought to have a positive effect on overall cognitive function, aid in the dissolving of “fat pockets”, and ease the symptoms of the other health issues mentioned above.
Our brains naturally create the chemical called acetylcholine from phosphatidylcholine. Acetylcholine is known to be important when it comes to memory and other vital bodily functions, and research has shown that phosphatidylcholine might increase acetylcholine. This is why there has been increased interest in using it to improve memory loss issues, including dementia. This is just one of the ways that it can use or help boost our body’s natural functions to improve various health concerns.
Does phosphatidylserine really work?
While some research on phosphatidylcholine is still in its infancy, there have been a number of studies over the years that have shown its positive impacts on the health issues listed above. For example, research has shown a distinct benefit when it comes to memory loss, dissolving of fat, aiding in liver repair, protecting against certain medication side effects, and easing the symptoms of ulcerative colitis. Although some of these studies were conducted on mice rather than humans, or were not up to the double-blind standard, continued research has consistently shown promising results for phosphatidylcholine.
It’s important to know that no one medication or supplement is the sure fire key to remedying all health problems, or giving dramatic anti-aging results. If reducing visible signs of aging, losing weight, or dissolving “fat pockets” is your goal, phosphatidylcholine may be a good complement to your existing efforts.
At Mediworks Rejuvenation Centre, we’re happy to provide a consultation about phosphatidylcholine, what it can do for you, and discuss how it may fit into your existing lifestyle and remedies. We can help determine whether it’s right for you, discuss the risks, and let you know about the best delivery method, and the timing and dosage. Don’t hesitate to contact us today. We serve clients from South Surrey BC, Burnaby BC, Langley City BC, White Rock BC, New Westminster BC, and Vancouver BC.