Health and Nutrition

Commercial lecithin and phosphatidylcholine have been extensively evaluated in health and disease areas (12).

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Figure 3. Flow sheet for degumming soybean oil and crude lecithin production. Source: Ref. 8.

Lecithin may be effective in treating certain neurologic disorders such as tardive dyskinesia and some types of Alzheimer's disease. Most likely, lecithin plays an important role in health and nutrition as a precursor for choline (13) and may effect membrane fluidity as it effects membrane emulsion systems in food applications.

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