Lecithin has quite a deal of clinical data showing benefit for liver function, especially for alcohol-related liver damage. Supplementation with Lecithin improves glutathione levels as well as increasing plasma methionine and S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) levels–all of these being key markers to good liver function and health. (By the way, Lecithin supplementation is a lot less expensive way of raising SAMe levels than taking SAMe itself!) Other recent data suggest that Lecithin can help with elevated lipid levels (which are associated with cardiovascular disease) and type II diabetes (Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2006 Sep;16(6):395-404.). A small study also showed possible improvement in kids with cystic fibrosis (Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Mar;85(3):702-708).
Simple to take, too: one way is just to mix with other powders, such as protein powders, when making a nutritional shake.
For more on this dietary supplement, including dosing suggestions and certain cautions, see the entry on LECITHIN.
Here’s a brief quote from the entry:
“This may be an excellent product for people with hepatitis B or C, according to one well-designed study using 3 grams per day. Other benefits may be for mood enhancement for those with neurological disorders, to enhance cardiovascular health (in the context of a better diet) and possibly preventing or treating gallstones.”