Lecithin for cholesterol

Beneficial properties of lecithin to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol

Why to take soy lecithin for cholesterol?

Studies on animals have shown that supplementation with choline (a component abundant in soybean lecithin) is able to reduce lesions in the arteries produced by atheromatous plaque.

From choline, our organism can form good cholesterol or HDL, that is, taking choline increases the good cholesterol, which circulates in the blood dragging the bad cholesterol deposited in the arteries.

The accumulated fat in the arteries causes the hardening of the arteries, loss of elasticity and the increase in blood pressure. Choline lowers cholesterol levels and prevents these problems and helps treat cardiovascular diseases such as arteriosclerosis, hypertension and heart disease.

How to get lecithin to lower cholesterol?


The gallbladder is a sort of pear-shaped sack placed under the liver. It stores the bile and releases it into the intestine during digestion. Lecithin forms part of the bile. It has the function of diluting cholesterol in the bile. (Drawing by courtesy of dibujosparapintar.com)

Currently, the diet is less and less abundant in lecithin, which exacerbates the growing problem of cholesterol. The foods that contain more lecithin are usually considered bad or it is though that they make you “fat”, because they are rich in fat. xamples of foods rich in lecithin are: eggs, Brazil nuts or walnuts. One way to eat more lecithin is to increase the consumption of these healthy foods rich in lecithin.

Another economical way to ingest lecithin is through soy lecithin supplements.

Lecithin supplements are inexpensive and they can prevent problems caused by the lack of this component, in addition to providing other very interesting benefits for health.

Benefits of soy lecithin for cholesterol

Soy lecithin is very rich in phospholipids (phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylethanolamine, phosphatidylinositol and phosphatidic acid). These components make it possible to emulsify, that is, to mix the body’s fats with water, which favors its expulsion.

Soy lecithin supplements provide a large amount of these components to help dissolve the cholesterol retained in the arteries, eliminating it and avoiding problems such as arteriosclerosis.

Taking choline (or soy lecithin supplements) is also effective in preventing and treating diseases such as gallstones, fatty liver, or cirrhosis.

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

15 June, 2023

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