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Lecithin Powder Market Segmented By various compounds like phosphoric acid, carbohydrates and glycerol
Lecithin is a substance that is found in all plant and animal tissues and is fatty in nature. It consists of various compounds like phosphoric acid, carbohydrates and glycerol. Lecithin is naturally present in the food that we consume, and is especially present in fatty foods like yolk of egg, soya bean, wheat and nuts. The most popular way of extracting lecithin is from soybeans. Phosphatidylcholine is an important ingredient of lecithin and this substance is the main lipid component present in the cellular membranes of both plants and animals.
Phosphatidylcholine is an important component of the cell and is present in every cell. This substance is useful in maintaining the surface tension of the cell membrane. If the presence of phosphatidylcholine is low in the cells, the adverse condition of the hardening of the cell walls occurs. Due to the hardening of the cell walls, not enough nutrients can come in and wastes can go out from the cells. This causes premature aging in the cells and causes the death of the cells.
Liver is responsible for making phosphatidylcholine in our body when we are healthy and when we consume all the essential nutrients in the form of a balanced diet. This phosphatidylcholine is broken down by the liver into choline that is an important nutrient for out body and has many uses and benefits.
Choline is like a vitamin and helps in maintaining the optimum functioning of the cells of our body. However, out body typically cannot make enough choline to satisfy the metabolic needs and hence lecithin intake is essential in maintaining health of our body. This can be achieved by consuming lecithin supplementation to help our body get enough choline, and thus benefit every cell, tissue and organ system of our body. The intake of lecithin has other health benefits as well.
Lecithin supports the functioning of brain and nerves, supports liver and gallbladder functions, aids cardiovascular health, helps to maintain healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels in our body, helps to maintain the health of our joints, supports weight loss, aids in reproductive health, reduces bad estrogen in the body, and also helps in aiding the intestinal health and digestion. The most popular way to make lecithin powder is to take it out from soy beans as a by-product, and it is also produced from other substances like corn oil and sunflower oil.
Lecithin powder possesses the properties of binding with both lipids and non-lipids, and can keep ingredients possessing oil and water together, and so manufacturers use lecithin powder to combine the ingredients in foods such as candy and butter. Lecithin powder is also added in cooking sprays in order to prevent the baked goods sticking to the pans.
Besides its various other uses, lecithin powder is also used to aid the brain in memory and learning. Studies in this field have shown that those individuals that have a sufficient lecithin intake in their food demonstrate increased memory and ability to recall specific information quickly. Hence, the consumption of lecithin powder is seen to be beneficial for individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and other memory specific neurological conditions. Studies have also shown that consumption of lecithin may also lead to benefits in cognitive thought processes and orientation.
As far as regional outlook of the consumption of lecithin is concerned, North America and Western European regions are considered to be as the most lucrative markets. Increasing health awareness in the consumers is also aiding the reach and spread of the lecithin market and the consumption of lecithin is on the rise. Major market players that are operating in the lecithin market are "Sodrugestvo" Group of Companies, AMERICAN LECITHIN COMPANY, Cargill Incorporated, Archer Daniels Midland Company, Lucas Meyer GMBH, among others.
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