SUNFLOWER LECITHIN

CAS number: 8002-43-5
EC Number: 232-307-2

Sunflower Lecithin is a premium lecithin derived from European sunflower seeds. 
Sunflower Lecithin functions as an emulsifier, dispersing agent, viscosity reducer, release agent, dietary supplement and more. 
Sunflower Lecithin can be used as an alternative to soy lecithin in a wide variety of applications.

Features of Sunflower Lecithin:
-Non-GMO
-Alternative to soy lecithin
-Available as liquid or powder (de-oiled)

Applications of Sunflower Lecithin:
-Baked Goods
-Beverage and Infant Formula
-Confectionary
-Dressings, Sauces & Spreads
-Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts
-Nutritional & Snack Bars
-Supplements
-Pet/Feed/Industrial

HOW IS SUNFLOWER LECITHIN MADE?
Sunflower lecithin is made by dehydrating a sunflower and separating it into three parts: oil, gum, and solids. 
The lecithin comes from the gum. 
Sunflower Lecithin is processed through a cold press system like the one used to make olive oil.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF SUNFLOWER LECITHIN
Lecithin is essential to your body. 
Sunflower lecithin is rich in choline and other essential fatty acids such as phosphatidylinositol (say that three times fast!), and some people take it as a supplement.
Lecithin supplements have been shown to help with acne and improve liver function. 
Some also use Sunflower Lecithin for improving cholesterol levels, arthritis, and high blood pressure.
So while soy lecithin is really just an empty additive, sunflower lecithin has positive health benefits while also holding our cookies together and keeping them soft and delicious! 
Are you ready to dive into some guilt-free, healthy cookies? 
We have a variety of delicious flavors to choose from including chocolate chocolate chunk, almond chocolate chunk, peanut butter chocolate chunk and more!

Sunflower Lecithin and its benefits
-is a natural source of lecithin
-contains inositol, fatty acids and choline
-helps maintain normal liver function
-supports the metabolism of lipids
-does not contain soy and GMO

Sunflower Lecithin - What is Sunflower Lecithin?
Quick Answer - Sunflower lecithin is a clean emulsifier. 
In grassfed whey protein, Lecithin serves the role of an adaptor. 
Two chemicals that otherwise would never form a bond due to their differences in chemical composition, like oil & water, whey protein, and water, now have a bridging agent that allows them to bind to one another efficiently.
More Details - To understand the function lecithin serves in AGN Roots Grassfed Whey protein, Sunflower Lecithin’s essential to view protein as merely a chain of amino acids (polypeptides). 
As an industry leader in macro-nutrient & BCAAs (branched-chain amino acid) concentration, we share our protein composition in tabular form. 
This Amino Acid Profile contains the names and quantities of each polypeptide.

Sunflower lecithin uses:
While sunflower lecithin powder is largely undiscovered by the masses, some avid bakers claim it as their “secret ingredient” in recipes. 
Since sunflower lecithin works as an emulsifier—suspending fats and oils and keeping them from mixing with other substances4—it is ideal for homemade plant milk, vegan butter and even cookies. 
Applications for sunflower lecithin include food supplements and pharmaceuticals—more specifically: liposome encapsulation, yellow fat spreads, baked goods, chocolate and animal feed.

One should not assume, though, that all sunflower lecithin applications have already been discovered. 
Researchers mentioned in “Polar Lipids” reported lecithin modification under industrial conditions with adequate analysis techniques may be useful in evaluating the potential applications of sunflower byproducts to the production of new emulsifiers.

WHAT IS LECITHIN?
Lecithin comes from the Greek lekithos, meaning egg yolk, and is a term used to describe yellow-brownish fatty substances that occur naturally in animal and plant tissues.
Lecithin is used in food to provide a smooth, moist texture and to keep ingredients from separating. 
Because we are committed to creating products that are cruelty-free, we use sunflower lecithin in our cookies (along with flaxseed) as a replacement for eggs.

Lecithin describes a substance that’s naturally found in the tissues of your body. 
Lecithin’s made up of fatty acids, and it has a variety of commercial and medical uses.
Lecithin works as an emulsifier, meaning it suspends fats and oils and keeps them from mixing with other substances.
Lecithin supplements can be purchased to help treat high cholesterol, as a breastfeeding aid, and to treat ulcerative colitis, among other things.

Not to be confused with the lecithin we already make in our bodies, sunflower lecithin is made by – you guessed Sunflower Lecithin – sunflowers!
Sunflower lecithin, and other plant sources of lecithin, were originally viewed as mere by-products of the oil refining process, e.g. removing it from sunflower oil better to give it better stability, so we could cook with it.
Nowadays, sunflower lecithin has been upgraded in the eyes of many and is used as an emollient in medicines, cosmetics, dietary supplements and food.

What is sunflower lecithin used for?
You have most likely already eaten some foods containing sunflower lecithin as Sunflower Lecithin’s a popular additive in chocolate, mayonnaise, margarine, bakery and instant products as an emulsifier for Sunflower Lecithins unique fat composition.
Sunflower Lecithins job is to suspend oils and fats and keep them away from other substances so they can’t mix.

Sunflower Lecithin also occurs naturally in some foods, including:
Nuts
Wholegrains
Egg yolks
Soya beans
Sunflowers
You will also see Sunflower Lecithin on the ingredients of some beauty products, like moisturisers and serums, as emollients can help draw moisture into the skin and make it feel nice and smooth.
There are other claimed health benefits of sunflower lecithin, but we’ll get onto those below!

Sunflower Lecithin is a natural source of lecithin, which can be found in all cells of the human body, plants and animals. 
Sunflower Lecithin consists of many naturally occurring ingredients, including inositol, linoleic acid, phosphatidylserine, or healthy fatty acids. 
Sunflower Lecithins important ingredient is choline, which supports the metabolism of homocysteine and lipids, and maintains normal liver function. 
Sunflower lecithin softgel tablets do not contain soy and are GMO free.

Is there a difference between sunflower lecithin and lecithin?
Sunflower Lecithin is made in the human body, in animals and animal products, or found in plants (mainly their seeds), lecithin is simply a mixture of fatty acids called glycerophospholipids, including:
Phosphatidic acid
Phosphatidylserine
Phosphatidylinositol
Phosphatidylethanolamine
Soy lecithin is the most popular plant source of the compound, but some people are allergic to soy or are concerned about its GMO status and so opt for sunflower lecithin.

Types of lecithin
Lecithin supplements are usually derived from sunflower seeds, eggs, or soybeans. 
Soy is by far the ingredient most commonly used to create lecithin supplements. 
Animal fats, fish, and corn are also sometimes used.
While soybean lecithin tends to come in granulated capsule form, you can buy sunflower lecithin in both powder and liquid form, too. 
Sunflower lecithin isn’t as common, but some people prefer Sunflower Lecithin, especially if they’re trying to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their food.
While soybeans are sometimes genetically modified in mass production, sunflower seeds aren’t. 
The process of extraction is also gentler for sunflower lecithin. 
Extracting lecithin from the sunflower seeds doesn’t require harsh chemicals.

Lowers cholesterol
The most well-known benefitTrusted Source of lecithin is its ability to lower cholesterol. 
Researchers have discovered that soybean lecithin can contribute to raising HDL (good) cholesterol and lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol in blood profiles.
Soy protein provides an extra boost for people using it to treat cholesterol because of other componentsTrusted Source that soy offers.

Ingredients
Softgel tablet (bovine gelatin, glycerin, water) and organic extra virgin olive oil.

How Does Sunflower Lecithin Work?
Every peptide structure contains hydrophilic (soluble in water) & hydrophobic (not water-soluble) side chains. 
The hydrophobic components of the whey protein (oil-based solute) will not naturally dissolve into a water-based solvent to form a homogeneous solution.
As a result, intact whey protein (non-denatured) needs some adaptor to support the dispersion into water. 
In whey protein with sunflower lecithin, the lecithin serves as the "adaptor," with the "emulsification process" being the action of the oil and water connecting via the adaptor.
To give you an idea of milk composition and how various components are water-soluble and multiple fat-soluble components - below is a composition wheel.

Improves heart health
Lecithin that comes from soy can improve cardiovascular health, especially if you’re already at risk of developing high blood pressure or heart disease. 
This is according to a small study in which participants were given soy products including lecithin additives.
Since soy is complicated to digest, Sunflower Lecithin takes your body longer to break soy products down. 
For some people, this works to make them feel more full after consuming Sunflower Lecithin.

Aids breastfeeding mothers
Some breastfeeding experts recommend lecithin as a solution for preventing recurrent plugged ducts. 
The Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation recommends a dose of 1,200 milligrams, four times per day, to experience this benefit.
They speculate that lecithin may decrease the viscosity of your breast milk, making Sunflower Lecithin less likely to clog milk ducts in your breast.
This isn’t meant to be a treatment for plugged ducts, however. 

What is Sunflower Lecithin?
Sunflower lecithin is actually a general term for various fatty substances that can be extracted from sunflowers. 
Lecithin can come from a number of different sources, but sunflower seeds are one of the most popular. 
Sunflower lecithin is a collection of different phospholipids, and while many people think of fats as bad things, many phospholipids are extremely important for our health. 
In sunflower lecithin, for example, there are numerous phospholipid types and antioxidants, along with other volatile compounds that make Sunflower Lecithin a healthy supplement.
What many people fail to realize is that some types of lecithin are present in every single cell of our body, and help to protect the integrity of our cell membranes. 
Sunflower lecithin is a natural emulsifier, which can help it reduce the presence of other fats, as well as protect your red blood cells. 
Some of the most important phospholipids found in sunflower lecithin include choline, phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylinositol, and phosphatidylethanolamine. 
One of the best aspects of sunflower lecithin, unlike soy lecithin, is that Sunflower Lecithin can be extracted naturally, without the addition of chemicals, making Sunflower Lecithin highly desirable in health circles. 

What Is Sunflower Lecithin?
Lecithin is a fatty substance that is found in your body as well as a multitude of plant and animal sources. 
Some of the most common types of lecithin include soybeans, egg yolks and sunflower lecithin. 
Sunflower Lecithin’s also naturally found in foods like meat, seafood and dairy products.
Lecithin is an ingredient that’s added to certain foods as an emulsifier, helping stabilize mixtures and prevent different parts from separating.
Sunflower Lecithin’s also available as a supplement and used to help lower cholesterol levels, aid in breastfeeding and support better brain function. 
Sunflower Lecithin can be found in capsule, liquid or granule form for a simple and convenient way to bump up your daily intake.

Historical Uses:
Lecithin has actually been around for more than 100 years and has long been used in the food industry as a natural emulsifier.
Soy lecithin first appeared on the market in 1929 and was originally imported from Germany for several years until the American Lecithin Corp. began pioneering lecithin production in the United States.
Up until 1935, egg yolks were the leading source of lecithin but were then surpassed by soybeans, which remain the most common source used in lecithin production today.
Today, the uses of lecithin extend far beyond their potent medicinal properties. 
In sweets and confectionery, lecithin is used to improve shelf life, control the crystallization of sugar, improves thickness and help ingredients mix together more uniformly.
In other foods, Sunflower Lecithin helps stabilize fermentation, enhances the texture of spreads, reduces spattering during high-heat cooking for fats like margarine and increases the volume of baked goods.

Treat ducts with:
-application of warm compresses
-massage
-extra pumping, if needed
-draining the breast well
-asking a lactation consultant for more suggestions
Report any fever or flu-like feelings to your doctor.

SUNFLOWER LECITHIN IS A LIGHT, CREAMY EMULSIFIER 
Sunflower lecithin is an easy addition to baking. 
Neutral in taste and lusciously creamy in texture, Sunflower Lecithin functions as an emulsifier in smoothies, doughs and other baked goods. 
With sunflower lecithin, ingredients are easier to mix together and the texture is smooth. 
Sunflower lecithin can be used by the whole family, from enthusiastic bakers to smoothie makers, and is a very popular superfood among active athletes.  
The lecithin includes potassium, kalcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and choline, making Sunflower Lecithin a versatile choice for baking and smoothies.   
Store your lecithin at room temperature, away from moist and direct sunlight. 
Over time, the product may clump and pile up. 
This type of caking does not affect the quality or shelf life of the product. 

Sunflower lecithin powder – the alternative to soya lecithin. 
Sunflower Lecithin supports mental performance and the metabolism of fat. 
Vegan and free of genetically modified materials and allergens. 
Packaged in a practical pouch to preserve freshness. 
100% free of genetically modified material (GM free).

The product is vegan and gluten free.  
Food supplement. 
This dietary supplement should not be used as a substitute for a balanced diet. 
The stated recommended daily dose should not be exceeded. 
Keep out of reach of children. 
Packaged in a factory that processes nuts (cashew, Brazil nut, pecan, pistachio, macadamia, hazel and walnuts), almonds, sesame seeds and whey protein (from milk).

May Boost the Immune System
Research has found that this phospholipid substance may be able to speed the healing process and stimulate the immune system, largely due to its antioxidant effects, thanks to phosphatidylinositol and phosphatidylethanolamine. 

May Help Manage Arthritis
One of the other effects of sunflower lecithin is the lubrication of joints and the reduction in inflammation around the body, which can make you feel younger and remain active as you age.

May Help Balance Hormones
The main alternative to sunflower lecithin is soy lecithin, which can elevate estrogen levels and cause various issues, particularly in males using this supplement. 
With the sunflower variety, you can keep your hormonal levels in the right place.

How to Use Sunflower Lecithin?
Sunflower lecithin is primarily found as a dietary supplement ingredient in protein powders since a deficiency in lecithin can have many negative effects on overall health. 
However, you can also find sunflower lecithin in cosmetic products and in certain foods. 
This form of lecithin typically comes in the form of a dehydrated powder, so Sunflower Lecithin is commonly added to health shakes and smoothies. 
Sunflower Lecithin also makes a great replacement for butter or other oils in your cooking. 
Sunflower Lecithin adds a smooth and creamy texture to any recipe that you want to boost with a bit more health.

Helps improve digestion
Lecithin has been tested in people with ulcerative colitis to improve their digestion. 
Lecithin’s emulsifying qualities contribute to a chain reaction that improves the mucus in your intestine, making the digestive process easier and protecting the delicate lining of your digestive system.
Even if you don’t have ulcerative colitis, you might want to consider using lecithin if you have irritable bowel syndrome, or another condition that affects your digestive process.

Lecithin describes a group of fatty substances found in plant and animal tissues. 
Lecithin is essential for proper biological function.
A commercial form of lecithin is commonly used in the preparation of food, cosmetics, and medications, as Sunflower Lecithin extends shelf life and acts as an emulsifier.
Lecithin supplements can also be used to treat high cholesterol and digestive issues, and to prevent clogged milk ducts, during breast-feeding.
One of the main components of lecithin, phosphatidylcholine (PC), may be responsible for some of lecithin’s reported health benefits.

Lecithin is a natural emulsifier made from sunflower seeds, consists of phospholipids with a water soluble polar head, which dissolves well in water, and two saturated fatty acids that represent the two queues watersoluble but not non-polar lipophilic.
Naturally Non-GMO sunflower lecithin is the leading replacement for soybean lecithin to prevent possible soy related allergens. 
Additional advantages such as its high phosphatidylcholine content, lower linolenic acid and high performance in Sunflower Lecithins applications within the food, dietetic and pharmaceutical markets. 
The following grades are available: standard, hydrolyzed, extra filtered & bleached, heat resistant, instantized, solvent-free (no-hexane), high oleic and de-oiled powder.

May fight dementia symptoms
Lecithin contains choline, which is a chemical your brain uses to communicate. 
Clinical researchTrusted Source suggests that a diet rich in choline can lead to a sharper memory and help people with Alzheimer’s.
Lipid substances that contain choline, like lecithin, may improve the brain’s functional pathways. 
There’s some conflicting evidence on if lecithin can be used to treat people that have neurological and nervous system conditions, but research into this benefit of lecithin is promising and moving forward.

Soothes and moisturizes skin
Lecithin is in the ingredients of some skin care products. 
Sunflower Lecithin’s used as an emollient, making skin feel smooth by restoring hydration. 
In most of these products, the kind of lecithin used is called hydrogenated lecithin.
There’s not a lot of evidence that lecithin, when used alone, can cure acne and eczema — although some people use it for that. 
Taking lecithin capsules could theoretically improve your skin, since Sunflower Lecithin tones and stimulates other parts of your body, but we don’t know for sure.

If you've ever had a plugged duct before, you know it hurts like heck. 
Once milk gets backed up in the breast, Sunflower Lecithin can quickly become engorged, and if left untreated, develop into the dreaded mastitis. 
Organic Sunflower Lecithin is a natural fat emulsifier that can help to reduce the "stickiness" of the milk and deter fats from clumping together. 
Sunflower Lecithin may also loosen existing fatty clogs and improve milk flow.

Although lecithin occurs naturally in many foods, lecithin supplements are typically derived from eggs, soy, or sunflower seeds. Lecithin is also obtained from canola, cottonseed, or animal fats.
Soy is one of the most widely-grown crops in the United States, and 94 percent of Sunflower Lecithin is genetically modified. 
Soy is a cost-effective source of lecithin. 
Chemicals, including acetone and hexane, are used to extract the lecithin from soybean oil.
However, lecithin derived from sunflower oil is becoming increasingly popular, possibly due to requirements to declare allergens in foods. 
Also, those who wish to avoid genetically modified crops may choose sunflower lecithin. 
The extraction process is typically gentler and is carried out by cold pressing rather than with chemical solvents.

What is Sunflower Lecithin?
Sunflower lecithin is a type of lecithin we derive from sunflower. 
Sunflower lecithin is becoming popular over soy lecithin due to several reasons. 
The extraction of sunflower lecithin is natural and uses the method of cold pressing. 
Moreover, Sunflower Lecithin does not involve chemicals.

Health Benefits
Sunflower lecithin contains some vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function and thrive. 
In particular, Sunflower Lecithin typically contains the following nutrients:
Phosphorus
Potassium
Calcium
Iron
Choline
Inositol
Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-6 fatty acids
When taken with meals, sunflower lecithin may also aid in the absorption of several fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A, D, E and K, ensuring that you’re able to meet your daily requirements for these key micronutrients.

Uses in Traditional Medicine:
Although sunflower lecithin is not commonly used in most forms of traditional medicine, sunflower seeds certainly are. 
Sunflower seeds are one of the best sources of lecithin and provide a wealth of other important nutrients and healthy fats.
On an Ayurvedic diet, sunflower seeds are thought to be very satisfying and nourishing. 
Like other types of nuts and seeds, they can be used to help pacify vata and may be beneficial for those with a pitta dosha as well.
Meanwhile, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, sunflower seeds are used to enhance digestion and support regularity. 
Not only that, but they are also believed to enhance skin health, prevent coughing and improve lung function as well.

Our Sunflower Lecithin is premium quality, allergen free and a natural source of phiospholipids choline and other essential fatty acids. 
A natural emulsifier (prevents oil and water from separating). 
Sunflower Lecithin offers a multifunctional, flexible and versatile tool, Sunflower Lecithins emulsifying properties give a consistent texture to dressings and sauces. 
Sunflower Lecithin can be added to bread recipes to improve quality, prolong freshness and to give a better texture and volume to the finished product. 
When added to crackers, biscuits and cakes it facilitates the dispersion of fats and the ingredients, acting as a relaxant, which prevents the mixture sticking. 
Sunflower Lecithin can also be added to cheese dishes, pasta dishes and soups.

Is Grass-Fed Whey Without Lecithin Better? 
No. The value of authentic grass-fed whey is within the macro-nutrients, which the minimal addition of sunflower lecithin does not impact.
Among others, these consist of β-lactoglobulin, α-lactalbumin, bovine-serum-albumin, immunoglobulins, Glutathione, & Lactoferrin. 
Having an emulsifier is like finding that puzzle piece connecting to halves of the puzzle together.

Sunflower lecithin is an important product in countries producing large amounts of sunflower oil. 
Due to Sunflower Lecithins high phosphatidylcholine and essential fatty acid contents, Sunflower Lecithin can be well utilized as an additive in food and feedstuffs. 
After refinement and fractionation, Sunflower Lecithins utilization in food products and cosmetics can be greatly increased and further extended after appropriate modification. 
Utilized as an additive in the feedstuff to piglets and porklings, Sunflower Lecithin results in higher bodyweight and shortened breeding and fattening periods. 
Sunflower Lecithin is also suitable for adjusting the energy level of broiler feeds and, owing to Sunflower Lecithins choline content, the use of synthetic choline chloride can be eliminated.

What Effect Does Sunflower Lecithin Have and Why?
Lecithin allows for a smooth connection between the water-side and the protein-side without forcing the link mechanically. 
The impact of this smooth linkage eliminates the potential damage of mechanical denaturation that occurs when a blender shears the mixture with force.

What Happens to Grassfed Whey in a Blender?
Quick Answer - Mechanical shearing (using a blender) is the most common way to render the macro-nutrients of the grassfed whey denatured post-manufacturing. 
Blending whey protein and water will force elements like the air that (not polarized) into spaces adjacent to the Tertiary & Quaternary Protein Structures. 
The force-fitting (denaturing) of the protein (without the lecithin adaptor for a snug fit) into the water creates for a smooth protein shake; however, Sunflower Lecithin defeats the purpose of a truly-grassfed whey protein.

Lecithin is a popular supplement, but there are very few sources of non-soy based lecithin as Sunflower Lecithin is typically sourced from soy. 
Most soy sources are from genetically modified (GM) crops, where as presently, there are no genetically modified crops of sunflowers.

More Details - When a single-ingredient whey protein requires a blender to go into solution, the mechanical energy applied to the protein structures forces a change in shape, by definition denaturing the protein.  
As a dehydrated powder, whey protein structures and the macro-nutrients within are very fragile and require a soft hand for water phase reconstitution.
Blending whey protein or shaking aggressively single-ingredient protein with a shaker bottle and whisk will most certainly cause tertiary and quaternary denaturing. 
Molecules that are not polarized lack the fittings to allow water and whey to disperse evenly.
Like random puzzle pieces put in the same box with a complete set, they have no natural place to fit in and require a force-fit through mechanical means.
In Summary - For single-ingredient Whey protein (without an adaptor, like lecithin or kinetic energy) to disperse into a water solution smoothly, Sunflower Lecithin requires mechanical denaturation. 
Denaturing grassfed whey at the point of consumption defeats the purpose of purchasing a high-end nutrient-dense whey. 
The workaround for this is to add an emulsifier.

Difference Between Sunflower Lecithin & Soy Lecithin
Sunflower lecithin is a combination of phospholipids that are extracted from sunflower seeds in a mechanical and chemical-free process, making Sunflower Lecithin very pure. 
Sunflower Lecithin is also high in choline (phosphatidylcholine), while soy lecithin has a slightly different composition. 
Soy lecithin, on the other hand, requires chemicals to extract from soybeans, but that also comes with a higher level of estrogen, which can cause hormonal problems in the body. 
The fact that soybeans are often genetically engineered also raises some concerns about soy lecithin; for that reason, the sunflower variety remains extremely popular and trusted. 

Fast facts on lecithin:
Most lecithin supplements are made from soybeans.
Lecithin supplements are used to treat several medical conditions and health issues, but research on their effectiveness is limited.
There are no well-documented interactions between lecithin and any medications, drugs, or medical conditions.
People with allergies to eggs or soy should check the source of the lecithin in their supplements and food before consuming.

Sunflower Lecithin benefits
The most commonly cited lecithin benefits include:
Naturally, Non-GMO sunflower lecithin is the leading replacement for soybean lecithin to prevent possible soy related allergens.
Another reason to choose sunflower lecithin is the growing awareness of food allergies.
Sunflower lecithin can be seen as the best source of vegetable lecithin for the food market.
Additional advantages such as Sunflower Lecithins high phosphatidylcholine content, lower linolenic acid (= better stability) and high performance in its applications within the food, dietetic and pharmaceutical markets.
No matter the application we have the right lecithin for your application.

Sunflower Lecithin and cholesterol reduction
Research indicates that a diet rich in lecithin may increase good HDL cholesterol and lower bad LDL cholesterol.
Lecithin supplements have also shown promise in lowering cholesterol. 
In a 2008 study, participants took 500 milligrams (mg) of soy lecithin a day. 
After 2 months, the average total cholesterol was reduced by 42 percent, and LDL cholesterol was reduced by 56.15 percent.

Sunflower Lecithin improved immune function
Supplementing with soy lecithin may increase immune function, particularly in people with diabetes.
A Brazilian studyTrusted Source on rats found that daily lecithin supplementation increased macrophage activity by 29 percent. 
Macrophages are white blood cells that engulf debris, microbes, cancerous cells, and other foreign materials in the body.
Also, the number of natural killer cells called lymphocytes, which are vital to the immune system, increased by 92 percent in non-diabetic rats. 
Further research is needed now on humans, to confirm these findings.

Better digestion
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.
ResearchTrusted Source suggests that the emulsifying activity of lecithin improves mucus in the intestine, protecting the gastrointestinal lining. 
This may be because lecithin contains phosphatidylcholine (PC), which is also a component of mucus.
People with ulcerative colitis have 70 percent less PC than people with other forms of IBD or those without the disease.
Although research is lacking, anecdotal evidence suggests that people with digestive distress caused by issues other than ulcerative colitis may also benefit from lecithin use.

Sunflower Lecithin enhanced cognitive function
Choline, a component of phosphatidylcholine, plays a role in brain development and may improve memory.
Infant rats who received choline supplements experiencedTrusted Source lifelong memory enhancement due to changes in the memory center of their brains.
The brain changes were so noticeable that researchers could identify the animals that had taken supplemental choline, even when the rats were elderly.
Because of the effect of chlorine on the brain, Sunflower Lecithin has been proposed that lecithin may be beneficial for those with neurologic disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia.

Our organic sunflower lecithin powder is a widely used ingredient in both food and cosmetic preparations. 
Sunflower Lecithin is a source of essential fatty acids and phospholipids including phosphatidylcholine.
Lecithin powder is hydrophilic and lipophilic, which means Sunflower Lecithin can bind to both water and fat. 
Sunflower Lecithin is often used in salad dressings to smoothly blend oil and vinegar to prevent separation. 
Sunflower Lecithin is popular in many cosmetics like lotions, creams, lip balm, shampoo, and conditioners. 
Lecithin helps slow oxidation, thickens, and is emollient.
Lecithin has numerous applications for culinary recipes such as bread, cakes, donuts, and chocolates to help preserve texture and stability. 
Lecithin is also used as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
Sunflower seeds are cleaned and pressed. 
The oil is then physically filtered and degummed. 
Then the liquid sunflower lecithin undergoes CO2 extraction and separation to remove the oil, which is sifted resulting in a fine powder.

CAS RN: 8002-43-5
Alternative CAS RNs: 55128-59-1
EC Number: 232-307-2
MDL Number: MFCD00147406
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Sunflower Lecithin as a breastfeeding aid
Lecithin may be recommeneded as a preventative measure for women who experience clogged milk ducts.
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.
Sunflower Lecithin can also lead to the development of mastitis, an infection of the breast tissue that affects approximately 10 percent of American women who are breast-feeding.
To help prevent mastitis and difficulty nursing, the Canadian Breastfeeding Foundation recommend that people who experience recurrent blocked milk ducts take 1,200 mg of lecithin four times a day as a preventative measure.
Lecithin does not, however, work as a treatment for those who already have clogged ducts.

Other uses of Sunflower Lecithin:
Lecithin has been promoted as a treatment for:
-gallbladder disease
-liver disease
-bipolar disorder
-anxiety
-eczema, dermatitis, and dry skin conditions
Sunflower Lecithin should be noted that the research on lecithin’s effectiveness in treating these conditions is very limited or nonexistent.

Sunflower Lecithin Benefits
Sunflower lecithin has a good impact on liver and heart health and inflammation. 
Sunflower Lecithin is also good for brain health, blood pressure, the nervous system, and cardiovascular health, among others.

Sunflower Lecithin May Help Improve Heart Health
As an emulsifier, sunflower lecithin is able to balance the fat levels in your bloodstream, which can help to boost heart health. 
This can lower your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes, which protects your long-term heart health.

Sunflower Lecithin May Aid in Brain Protection
Some of the key phospholipids that make up this lecithin have been connected to brain health and the repair processes that are needed by neural cells. 
Regular supplementation with this lecithin can speed the process of neural regeneration and will protect the nervous system. 

Sunflower Lecithin May Improve Liver Integrity
When the liver is overworked or is handling a large amount of excess fat, Sunflower Lecithin can exacerbate many other health problems. 
With enough lecithin in your system, the chances of this happening are greatly reduced, since Sunflower Lecithin can reduce the amount of excess fat in your bloodstream. 

Sunflower Lecithin May Help Balance Blood Pressure Levels
When the blood has too much fat in Sunflower Lecithin, the arteries are likely to thicken as that fat deposits on the walls. 
When the arteries tighten, blood pressure increases, putting more strain on the cardiovascular system. 
With this lecithin in your diet, you can lower your risk of these heart problems.

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