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Medically reviewed by Last updated on July 17, 2019.

What are other common names?

  • 1,2-diacyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine
  • Egg Lecithin
  • Granulestin
  • Kelecin
  • Lecithol
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Soy Phospholipids
  • Soybean Lecithin
  • Vitellin
  • Vitelline

What is this product used for?

Lecithin is used by some people to help lower cholesterol. Others use it to help with mental or nerve problems. Others use lecithin as a skin moisturizer.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with drugs or other natural products.

  • Take extra care if you are allergic to eggs or soy.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Mental problems

    • Memory loss

    • High cholesterol

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Not feeling hungry

  • Increased saliva

  • Sweating

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad loose stools

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