Uses of lecithin include treatment of neurological conditions and liver problems, states Drugs.com. It is also a stabilizing and emulsifying ingredient in foods, such as chocolate and margarine, and cosmetics, such as lipsticks, creams and conditioners. The cells of all living cells contain lecithin, but it is also available as a pharmaceutical product.
As a pharmaceutical product, doctors recommend lecithin for neurological conditions and dementia, notes Drugs.com. It contains choline, which helps people with dementia. Choline works by increasing the amount of acetylcholine in the brain, helping several functions of the brain, including memory.
Lethicin is also beneficial in treating liver problems and cholesterol effects, notes Drugs.com. It works by improving the metabolism of cholesterol in the digestive system. It also contains certain properties that help to lessen cholesterol levels and control atherosclerosis. Patients can use it to treat liver disease, gallbladder disease, anxiety and eczema, explains WebMD. However, there is no guarantee that lecithin is effective for many of these uses.
There are no serious side effects linked to lecithin, says Drugs.com. However, some reports have indicated that it can cause nausea, hepatitis, increased salivation and anorexia. There is no sufficient information on toxicities, interactions and contradictions of lecithin. Information regarding the safe use of lecithin for pregnant women is not available.