What Is Lecithin?
Lecithin is a rich natural source of Choline and Inositol, important nutrients that the body synthesises to form substances that are found in cell membranes and are essential for the functioning of the brain and nervous tissue. They are also important natural emulsifiers of fats and as such, can help to keep cholesterol more soluble and assist the process of fat metabolism in the liver.
Lecithin, one of a family of fatty compounds called phospholipids, is essential for building the membranes of every cell in the body. These membranes protect cells’ interior structures and also control the passage of nutrients and other substances in and out of cells. Without lecithin, the membranes would harden and the cells die.
Phospholipids (commonly referred to as lecithin) are natural compounds found in plant and animal tissue. Most commercially available lecithin is derived from soybean oil, and lecithin is commonly used as an emulsifier in foods and some animal feeds in small amounts.
Phospholipids, in simplistic terms, are composed of fatty acids (linoleic (omega-6), oleic, palmitic, linolenic (omega-3 and others), phosphorus, choline (a B-vitamin) and other lesser compounds. Phospholipids are essential components of cell membranes, are synthesized in the body, and are the most abundant lipid component in animal cell membranes. Adding additional lecithin to human diets, as well as animal diets, is proving to be very beneficial as its value as a “functional food” is being discovered.
Benefits Derived From Lecithin Supplementation In Your Dog’s Diet:
- Lecithin is an important ingredient for fat absorption. If the dog food does not contain this enzyme, then the dog will be unable to absorb and use the fats.
- Like humans, dogs require lecithin daily to facilitate proper growth, including brain development, to maintain health and for disease prevention.
- It supplies the body with choline and inositiol.
- Lecithin emulsifies fat, improves digestion of fats, and aids the liver, heart, kidneys and gallbladder.
- Enriching dog diets with lecithin can result in better looking dogs, mentally sharper dogs and dogs that perform at a higher level. Dogs receiving additional lecithin are known to have a healthier hair coat and better skin condition.
- Dogs with unhealthy skin are more resistant to irritations, infections, allergens, and scrapes and cuts heal more quickly. Likewise, their hair coat has the sheen and luster that just radiates “healthy dog”.
- Cell membranes throughout the body are affected by greater lecithin consumption. “Things just work better!” Dogs maintain their appetite and keep better condition during heavy training and working. They respond and perform better physically.
- Is essential for normal brain development. Researches indicates that offspring from bitches fed diets supplemented with lecithin during gestation and lactation were, in effect, “smarter” than offspring from bitches fed non-supplemented diets.
- Trainers report that dogs fed lecithin containing supplements for several weeks before starting training are easier to train, learn more quickly and “know what is going on” more than dogs not fed lecithin until they arrive at the kennel for training. These trainers also recognize that dogs getting lecithin-based products are in better condition and have more stamina than unsupplemented dogs.
- Lecithin and Brewers Yeast are finding increased use in the veterinary field. Older dogs, especially, require increased amounts of Lecithin.
- Necessary for building cell membranes, maintaining liver and gallbladder function and moving fats and nutrients from the bloodstream and into cells.
- In animal feed it enriches fat & protein and improves pelletization.
- Helps remove dangerous toxins from the liver and stimulates production of bile.
Lecithin In Summary:
Lecithin is present in the cells of your pets’ bodies. It is one of the key building blocks to the cell membrane. Lecithin is an antioxidant, protecting cells from oxidation. It’s also a natural emulsifier of fat, lowering cholesterol, and allows the body to use fats as energy or break down saturated fats and pass them from the body. Lecithin aids the nervous, digestive and immune systems, boosts liver function, and protects against the development of diabetes.
So how can Lecithin help your pet?
- Improves vitamin absorption
- Contains the three essential fatty acids
- Improves immune function
- Stimulates memory and learning abilities
- Helps repair cell membranes
Lecithin can be used as a supplement to help your pet’s body recover from previously identified conditions or shortcomings, as well as for preventive purposes and should be taken regularly for the most consistent results.
MobiChews and BoostaChews, chewable vitamin supplements for dogs by Cleo Pet Products, both contain Lecithin in their list of ingredients. Whether you are looking for a nutritional supplement for your dogs to support hip and joint issues (MobiChews) or overall wellness of your dog (BoostaChews), your pet will also get the benefits of Lecithin.