Standard Process Soybean Lecithin
Standard Process Soybean Lecithin is claimed to be an excellent source of essential fatty acids sourced from Lecithin. Specific benefits mentioned by the manufacturer Standard Process include support for the liver’s ability to process fats, support of the cognitive function and neurotransmitter activity, support for cell membranes and nerve function. The manufacturing company Standard Process has a vast experience on the dietary supplements market. Since more than 80 years ago when the company was established, hundreds of different products have been manufactured and distributed all around the world. Today, the company manufactures dietary supplements, herbal formulations and veterinary products in compliance with GMP requirements set forth by the FDA.
Standard Process Soybean Lecithin was first introduced on the market in 1938 and is recommended to adults.
Standard Process Soybean Lecithin Ingredients
Standard Process Cataplex B12 includes the following ingredients: Soybean Lecithin, Soybean oil, gelatin, glycerin, water, and carob.
Standard Process Soybean Lecithin features the phospholipid Lecithin, a substance which is important to numerous body functions, most related to the nervous and circulatory systems. Other benefits are related to the liver and the gallbladder. Lecithin contains among other compounds Choline, Phosphorus, Linoleic acid, and Inositol. Standard Process Soybean Lecithin uses lecithin derived from soybeans. Other supplements may contain extracts from egg yolks or animal brain tissue.
Lecithin is composed of mostly of fat; therefore it has a protective role for the cell membranes, mainly composed of phospholipids. Strengthening membranes and preventing them from hardening may contribute to preventing artery diseases, such as arteriosclerosis.
The brain benefits of Lecithin are mainly accounted on its Choline contents, which is a precursor of the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter is involved in sustaining attention, sensory perception, short term memory and REM sleep. This is why research and clinical testing has investigated potential benefits of soy Lecithin in memory and learning enhancing, and Alzheimer’s disease treatment and prevention. Lecithin may also help with certain anxiety diseases management, including social anxiety and panic disorder. Research so far is however inconclusive.
The manufacturer recommends 1 capsule per day. There are no side effects or precautions reported by the manufacturer, although Lecithin has been associated to nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or fullness.
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- The product may be considered cheap (approximately $30 for eight months’ supply)
- The formula is offered by a reputable manufacturer and has been sold since 1938
- Most of lecithin’s benefits are not supported by scientific evidence
- There is a limited number of consumer reviews
- Certain side effects have been associated to the use of Lecithin
Standard Process Soybean Lecithin has been on Standard Process’ product portfolio since 1938, although most of Lecithin’s benefits are not supported by scientific evidence. Although research is still in its incipient phase, the fact that the product has been manufactured for such a long time may represent an argument of its quality (a noncompetitive product can’t last on the market for so long, given the fierce competition). A daily dosage for Lecithin has not been established which may raise concerns regarding its suitability for certain categories of patients such as pregnant and breastfeeding women. This is why we advise you to seek the opinion of a healthcare provider prior to using Standard Process Soybean Lecithin.