Phosphatidyl Choline Information

Phosphatidyl choline (PC) is a fat-soluble substance known as a phospholipid. Phospholipids are essential components of cell membranes. Phosphatidylcholine's role in the maintenance of cell membrane integrity is vital to all of the basic biological processes: information flow, intracellular communication, and bioenergetics. The commercial term for PC is lecithin. When people refer to lecithin they are usually referring to supplements high in phosphatidyl choline. Supplements labeled as lecithin may contain from 10 to 20 PC. However, pure PC supplements are generally labeled as phosphatidylcholine.

In addition to providing choline needed for cell membrane integrity, PC is also an essential component of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter required for normal brain activity. Although the human body can synthesize choline, additional amounts from the diet are considered essential under certain circumstances. Consequently, PC has been employed by researchers in a number of studies for use in connection with various neurological and psychiatric disorders. However, these studies did not draw any conclusive results regarding PC supplementation.

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