Chances are, you’ve heard about lecithin in one form or another — most of us know about soy lecithin, a food additive that’s typically used as an emulsifier. It’s also an additive that many of us have been warned to steer clear of (more on this below). The good news is that there is another option — Sunflower Lecithin.
We’re sharing what you need to know about this superfood you may have never heard of and why we choose to use it in our Greens powder.
Let’s start by breaking down what lecithin is. It’s an essential fat that is found in the cells of the human body as well as in different plant and animal foods. It’s added to foods to be used as an emulsifier but to also help stabilize different products, preventing ingredients from separating from one another.
Soy lecithin is heavily processed, and unfortunately, it’s the most commonly used form of lecithin in food and supplement products.
But, we choose to use a lightly processed sunflower lecithin product, made from sunflowers in our Daily Dose Greens powder. Why? Because sunflower lecithin is actually really beneficial.
Here are a handful of reasons to consider choosing products that use sunflower lecithin instead of the soy alternatives.
Here’s one of the most talked-about benefits. Sunflower lecithin has been shown to help raise HDL (the good cholesterol), while lowering LDL (the bad cholesterol). And, keeping cholesterol levels in check is an amazing way to show your heart health some love.
One of the biggest issues with soy lecithin is the fact that soy is one of the most genetically modified crops in the US (a whopping 94% of soy crops are genetically modified). This alone is a reason enough to avoid it.
Sunflower lecithin, on the other hand, is becoming a more popular alternative, and it serves as a great way to help avoid exposing yourself to genetically modified soy products from food and or supplements.
Supporting a healthy gut is one of the most important ways to give our overall health a boost, and research suggests that sunflower lecithin may provide some gut-supporting benefits.
Lecithin has been shown to support the mucus layer in the intestines and thus supporting the GI lining.
So, whenever you have the option to decide between sunflower vs. soy lecithin, go for the sunflower varieties to help give your gut some much-deserved support.
Immune health is something that’s on all of our minds more than ever before. And, since optimal gut health is key for keeping our immune system in tip-top shape, it makes sense that sunflower lecithin would play a role in immune function as well.
But it doesn’t stop there. A study suggested that lecithin supplementation may help boost macrophage activity (white blood cells that help keep foreign invaders out of the body.)
And, the best part is that you can get your daily dose of sunflower lecithin in by sipping on Daily Dose Greens — the most deliciously minty and nutrient-packed way to get this superfood into your diet.
Who doesn’t want a brain boost? Many of us are walking around in a fog by the end of the day, so any chance to support mental clarity and cognitive function is welcome!
Enter sunflower lecithin. Sunflower lecithin contains choline, a nutrient that plays an important role in memory and brain development.
And, while eggs are often the most talked-about choline-rich food, sunflower lecithin makes another excellent way to pack this nutrient into our diet.
Lecithin also contains phosphatidylserine, a fatty substance that plays a protective role for the cells in our body.
It’s also found in the brain and is known for supporting memory as we age and nerve cells in the brain.
Sunflower lecithin comes with some promising benefits, but it can be difficult to find in supplement products, especially since soy lecithin is often the first less expensive choice for supplement companies.
Good news — we use sunflower lecithin in our Daily Dose Greens powder. Why? Because we believe in offering the highest-quality ingredients, we can get our hands on and want you to notice and actually FEEL a difference!
So, when you whisk up your cup of Daily Dose Greens, you’ll not only sip on cold-pressed nutritional goodness, but you’ll get the added benefit of sunflower lecithin too.
Grab your 7-day trial jar here and start enjoying the benefits this superfood has to offer.