Sunflower lecithin offers us humans a plethora of benefits for the body, like improved healing and physical performance, better sleep, improvement of memory and cardiovascular function. But did you know that it also offers your pet – be it your cat or dog – health benefits?
But first, let’s talk about what lecithin is
Lecithin is a term given to describe a variety of yellowish or brown fatty substances that naturally occur in a variety of animals and plants. It was originally isolated from egg yolk. These days, lecithin is a popular supplement, especially with regard to improving cholesterol levels and improving the functions of the nervous and circulatory systems.
Lecithin is available in two variations: soy and sunflower. Both are very popular formulations, but they differ slightly from one another.
Sunflower lecithin is the more expensive option due to the differences in production costs and yield. But sunflower lecithin offers many advantages over soy lecithin:
• Sunflower lecithin is extracted without the need for potentially damaging chemical solvents such as acetone and hexane.
• Sunflower lecithin is also processed through a cold press system like the one used to derive olive oil and similar products.
• Sunflower lecithin is the only lecithin which is obtainable both chemical-free and raw.
• Sunflower lecithin is rich in choline and other essential fatty acids such as phosphatidylinositol.
• Some people may develop soy allergies.
• Soy is often genetically engineered.
• There are concerns of elevated estrogen levels by consuming soy and soy lecithin.
So, let’s talk sunflower lecithin for your pet
Sunflower lecithin acts as the body’s emulsifier by helping to dissolve fats and cholesterol. It allows oil and water to interact, and has therefore the ability to keep cholesterol particles in solution while journeying through the arteries. This stops cholesterol from forming hazardous deposits on the walls of blood vessels, which can lead to narrowing or total blockage of the vessel. Furthermore, sunflower lecithin aids in liquefying the deposits that may have already formed.
Sunflower lecithin also helps to metabolize fat in the liver and decreases the risk of liver degeneration. Sunflower lecithin is a vital component of every cell in the body, and found in high concentration in the vital organs such as the brain, heart, liver, and the kidneys. Additionally, it supports the skin, hair, and nervous system.
In the brain, lecithin choline is transformed into acetycholine, which is a vital compound for the transmission of messages from one nerve ending to another. Upon ingestion, the choline derived from sunflower lecithin is absorbed by the brain and aids in memory, thinking ability and muscle control. It also helps with absorption of vitamins A and D in the intestinal tract.
So, in short: soy-free, non-GMO organic Sunflower Lecithin is known to:
• Emulsify cholesterol
• Have a positive effect on memory, clarity and muscle control
• Assist vitamin absorption
• Be oil free
• Support the immune system and healing capabilities
• Coat health
When Should You Use Sunflower Lecithin For Your Pet?
Lecithin is already present in your pet’s body and is essential for the well being of all cells, preventing health problems.
Lecithin may also be found in a number of ingredients such as:
• Egg yolk
• Split peas
• Seeds and nuts
• Fish eggs
• Organic meat
• Animal brain (i.e. chicken and sheep)
• Animal liver and kidneys
But if not consumed in sufficient amounts, your pet may easily be affected by viruses and diseases. Lecithin provides immune system support and can help when your pet is recuperating after a disease or a surgery. Lecithin also supports a healthy, shiny coat.
For dogs specifically, lecithin may be administered as a supplement for dogs that are preparing to start a training course or are on a training course. Studies have shown that lecithin improves memory and orientation and should be beneficial when your pet is learning commands and other tricks.
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