Phosphatidylcholine (PC) is a chemical contained in eggs, soybeans, mustard, sunflower, and other foods such as meat (particularly liver), seeds, and nuts. Found in every cell membrane of the human body, phosphatidylcholine is crucial to the health of the vascular system.

Choline is a key component of lecithin (phosphatidylcholine), which is a fat-like substance found in our cells. The human body can produce choline endogenously in the liver (mainly as phosphatidylcholine), but it is not enough to meet the required amounts.

 

 

In the United States, about half of the dietary choline is in the form of phosphatidylcholine. However, it can be difficult to get enough phosphatidylcholine from diet alone, especially for those who limit the amount of meat and eggs they consume to keep control of cholesterol.

Deficiencies in phosphatidylcholine can have an impact on liver function, memory and brain function, exercise performance and muscle function, the central nervous system, pregnancy, male sexual function, and the risk of blood clots. Individuals at a higher risk of having a choline deficiency include people with dietary restrictions for meat and eggs, pregnant women, patients that require total parenteral nutrition (PN), and people with certain genetic conditions.

 

Recommended Dietary Intakes

Dietary Reference Intakes

Source: Institute of Medicine. Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes: Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Biotin, and Choline. Washington, DC: National Academy Press; 1998.

 

Addressing Deficiency

Phosphatidylcholine supplements are available in capsule and liquid forms without a prescription and are thought to be safe when used as directed for short periods of time. When choosing a supplement, it is important to consider the brand to ensure that the product is tested by a third party, made with pure ingredients according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices), and lists active and inactive ingredients on the label.

At Innovation Compounding, we provide phosphatidylcholine in the form of an IV formulation for administration by a medical professional.

Phosphatidylcholine as an IV infusion is used to support vascular, mental, sexual, and hepatic health. After an average of 20 treatments, patients have reported improvements in mental function, male sexual function, cholesterol markers, and a reduction in liver enzymes.

If you are interested to learn more about the benefits of phosphatidylcholine infusions for yourself or a patient, consult with a member of our Doctor of Pharmacy Clinical Team.

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