Lecithin powder Specifications
|Chemical Name||Soybean lecithin
|Molecular Weight||758.1 g/mol|
|Monoisotopic Mass||757.562156 g/mol|
|Boiling point||110-160 ºC|
|Color||Pale Brown to Yellow|
|Solubility||chloroform: 0.1 g/mL, slightly hazy, slightly yellow to deep orange|
|Application||Lecithin is originally sourced from soybeans and other plant sources. Lecithin is used as a dietary supplement, food ingredient, and food additive.|
Lecithin (alpha-phosphatidylcholine) is a nutrient, as well as a supplement. Lecithin is not a single substance, but rather, a group of chemicals belonging to compounds called phospholipids. The importance of phospholipids is that they are required by the body to build cell membranes and are vital to the normal functioning of the brain, blood, nerves and other tissues.
Lecithin is a fat that is essential in the cells of the body. It can be found in many foods, including soybeans and egg yolks. Lecithin is taken as a medicine and is also used in the manufacturing of medicines.
Lecithin is used for treating memory disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It is also used for treating gallbladder disease, liver disease, certain types of depression, high cholesterol, anxiety, and a skin disease called eczema.
Some people apply lecithin to the skin as a moisturizer.
You will often see lecithin as a food additive. It is used to keep certain ingredients from separating out.
You may also see lecithin as an ingredient in some eye medicines. It is used to help keep the medicine in contact with the eye’s cornea.
As a supplement, lecithin has been used for many ailments, including lowering cholesterol levels, treating neurological disorders and liver conditions, and more. However, it is not FDA-approved for any of these uses.
What is Soy Lecithin powder?
Lecithin can easily be extracted chemically using solvents such as hexane, ethanol, acetone, petroleum ether or benzene; or extraction can be done mechanically.
Soy lecithin is extracted from soybeans, It is composed of free fatty acids and small amounts of proteins and carbohydrates. The main component in soy lecithin is phosphatidylcholine, which comprises between 20% to 80% of the total fat amount. Soy lecithin active components includes:
Soy lecithin powder, It is a vital multifunctional active substance used in manufacturing of variety Food Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare and Animal Feeds among other wide ranging Industrial applications. Lecithin is natural dietary source of Essential Phospholipids viz Phosphatidyl choline, Phosphatidyl ethanolamine, Phosphatidyl inositol & Phosphatidyl serine. These phospholipids are the building blocks of life and are vital for healthy function of every cell membrane in the body.
Research indicates that a diet rich in lecithin may increase good HDL cholesterol and lower bad LDL cholesterol.
Improved immune function
Supplementing with soy lecithin may increase immune function, particularly in people with diabetes.
Ulcerative colitis is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects up to 907,000 people in the U.S. Lecithin may help to reduce digestive distress in those with the condition.
Enhanced cognitive function
Choline, a component of phosphatidylcholine, plays a role in brain development and may improve memory.
As a breastfeeding aid
Some women who breastfeed may experience clogged milk ducts, where the breast milk does not flow correctly through the duct. This condition is painful and makes breast-feeding more difficult.
Other Lecithin uses
Lecithin has been promoted as a treatment for:
Healing skin disorders (such as eczema)
Improving sleep pattern
Improving athletic performance
Treating neurological disorders
Alleviating stress and anxiety
Improving symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
It should be noted that the research on lecithin’s effectiveness in treating these conditions is very limited or nonexistent.
Lecithin Mechanism of Action
Lecithin contains fatty acids that can activate gene-regulating receptors (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors). Once activated, these receptors play a major role in energy balance and metabolic function.
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors exist in many types of tissues such as in the heart, liver, muscle, fat, and intestine. These tissues rely on receptor activation for the promotion of fatty acid, ketone bodies, and glucose metabolism. Ketone bodies are used by the body as a source of energy.
Lecithin powder side effects?
Possible Side Effects
Although not all side effects are known, lecithin is thought to be likely safe for most people.But it has not been thoroughly tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its safety.
If adverse reactions do occur, they can include:
Increased saliva in the mouth
Feeling of fullness
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Lecithin powder application
In Instant Drink Mixes, Non Dairy Creams, Whole Milk Powders, Meat Sauces and Gravies, Cheese Sauces, Bakery Goods, Pasta, Chewing Gums, Chocolate / Cocoa, Frostings, Granola Bars, Low fat Cookies & Crackers, Fat Fillings, Peanut Butter, Ready Meals, Soups, Canned Products, Creams, As an Instantiniser, As a Release Agent, In Salad Dressings, Medical, Dietary foods, Instant and Dehydrated Foods etc.
In Food Industries
Soya Lecithin is used as Natural Emulsifier, Wetting agent, Dispersing agent, Stabilizing agent, Viscosity Reducing agent, Antispattering agent, Mixing & Blending agent, Release agent, Conditioning, Lipotropic, Surface Active Agent and as an Emillient and Antioxidant as well.
In Cosmetics Industries
Lecithin adds to Suppleness, Penetration, Lather Stability, Better Distribution, Skin Protection and care. It is a good antioxidant since its chelating ability enables it to combat complex heavy metals. Lecithin increases respiration capacity of the skin. Usage level is 0.5% to 2.0%
In Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Industries
Lecithin is natural dietary source of Essential Phospholipids-the valuable nutrients viz Phosphatidyl choline, hosphatidyl ethanolamine, Phosphatidyl inositol & Phosphatidyl serine. These phospholipids are the building blocks of life and are vital for healthy function of every cell membrane in the body.
Lecithin provides prophylaxis against cardiac disorders, arteriosclerosis & helps maintain a healthy heart and cardiovascular system. Lecithin and its components provide nutritional support for the brain function. They boost capacity to work, memory, counteract depression, dementia & protect brain cells from decay. In Liver, lecithin metabolizes clogging fat and reduces the chance of liver degeneration. In the intestinal tract, lecithin helps the absorption of vitamins A and D.
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- Optimization of ultrasonication curcumin-hydroxylated lecithin nanoemulsions using response surface methodology. Espinosa-Andrews H, Páez-Hernández G. J Food Sci Technol. 2020 Feb;57(2):549-556. doi: 10.1007/s13197-019-04086-w. Epub 2019 Sep 10.
- Goat semen cryopreservation with rainbow trout seminal plasma supplemented lecithin-based extenders. Alcay S, Ustuner B, Aktar A, Mulkpinar E, Duman M, Akkasoglu M, Cetinkaya M. Andrologia. 2020 Feb 27:e13555. doi: 10.1111/and.13555. [Epub ahead of print]
- Limonene nanoemulsified with soya lecithin reduces the intensity of non-isothermal treatments for inactivation of Listeria monocytogenes. Garre A, Espín JF, Huertas JP, Periago PM, Palop A.
- Sci Rep. 2020 Feb 27;10(1):3656. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-60571-9. Formulation and shelf life stability of water-borne lecithin nanoparticles for potential application in dietary supplements field.
- Edris AE et al. J Diet Suppl. (2012)
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