Phospholipids

Overview

  • Key elements of cell membranes of organisms, phospholipids form the lipid bilayer surrounding the cell.  They also make up most of the structure of biological membranes in general.
  • Phospholipids make up the majority of the cell membranes in our bodies, holding and sustaining the protein molecules through which cells communicate via hormones and neurotransmitters. Healthy membranes allow our cells to remain “fluid” and flexible and thereby function properly. Healthy membranes make for healthy cells.
  • When present in food, phospholipids allow oil and water to mix, allowing lipids to become part of your blood and move in and out of cells and vessels.
  • Purified phospholipids have been produced commercially and are regularly used in nutraceutical products.

Benefits

  • Improves liver function
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Boosts physical performance
  • Relieves symptoms of arthritis
  • Healthy child development
  • Boosts muscular endurance
  • Increases intracellular communication
  • Improves reaction time
  • Healthier hair and skin
  • Improves memory
  • Effective gallstone treatment

Applications

  • Dietary supplement
    • Source of lecithin (phosphatidylcholine = brain food)
  • Additive to infant formula: contains arachidonic acid
  • Food additive for short-term memory retention, delaying dementia
  • Cosmetic application for high quality creams, serums and lotions
  • Pharmaceutical applications
    • Drug delivery systems
    • Topical, oral, and parenteral drugs