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Is Lecithin Bad For You?



Short answer

If you have been diagnosed with any of the stated symptoms (below), lecithin may be very beneficial. Otherwise, it's best to moderate your consumption and be aware of the possible side effects. Also, it is not recommended during pregnancy.



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Long answer

Lecithin is a fatty substance that is found in many plants' and animals' tissue. Used as a supplement and found in many foods as an additive, it is useful in treating various types of diseases such as Alzheimer’s (including dementia), gallbladder disorder and even liver problems. You can also moisturize your skin effectively with the direct application of lecithin. It has high quantities of fatty acids that can help build a barrier on your skin and prevent loss of moisture.

Many studies show that lecithin contains a unique compound known as acetylcholine which is widely used in treating patients who are suffering from memory loss. Having a regular dose of lecithin can help those patients improve cognitive function.

Even though lecithin is considered generally safe, there is evidence of side effects in the people who use it on a regular basis. Some of the common side effects of consuming it are nausea, diarrhea, increased salivation, and loss of appetite. There have also been signs of allergic reactions such as breathing problems, swelling of lips, face, throat, and even the tongue. Lecithin is also not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding as it can affect the fetal developmental process.

Possible short-term side effects

  • nausea
  • increased salivation
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite

Possible long-term side effects

  • hepatitis (research insufficient)

Commonly found in

  • seafood
  • eggs
  • dairy products
  • various vegetables


  • treats alzheimer's
  • treats liver ailments
  • treats dementia
  • assists fat mobilization
  • treats gallbladder disorder

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Written by Kathan Natrajan
Published on: 12-28-2015
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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Written by Kathan Natrajan
Published on: 12-28-2015
Last updated: 12-15-2023

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