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Lecithin/Phosphatidyl Choline

Also indexed as:Phosphatidyl Choline (Lecithin)
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How to Use It

Small amounts of choline are present in many B-complex and multivitamin supplements.

Where to Find It

Choline, the major constituent of PC, is found in soybeans, liver, oatmeal, cabbage, and cauliflower. Soybeans, egg yolks, meat, and some vegetables contain PC. Lecithin (containing 10–20% PC) is added to many processed foods in small amounts for the purpose of maintaining texture consistency.

Possible Deficiencies

Although choline deficiencies have been artificially induced in people, little is known about human deficiency in the real world.

Best Form to Take

Commercially available forms of choline include choline chloride and choline bitartrate. There is no clear evidence that choline chloride is more effective than choline bitartrate as a supplement, or vice versa.25

Phosphatidylcholine and lecithin (which contains phosphatidylcholine) are also sources of choline. Taking lecithin has been shown to produce relatively greater and more sustained levels of choline than choline itself. However, choline makes up only a certain percentage of both lecithin and phosphatidylcholine, so relatively large amounts of these substances are needed to deliver therapeutic amounts of choline.26

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