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Phosphatidylcholine

Clinic Naturopathic Doctors of the Nardella clinic in Calgary use intravenous Phosphatidylcholine to improve cardiovascular and neurological health with great success.

What is Phosphatidylcholine?

The human cell membrane is composed of phospholipids, which specifically make up the phospholipid bilayer. The outer part of the cell membrane is polar (higher in energy) and the inner layer is nonpolar (lower in energy). Other components that are a part of the phospholipid bilayer include cholesterol, sphingomyelin and Phosphatidyl Choline (PC).

As we age, the phospholipid make-up of the cell membrane changes. This results in a reduction of phosphatidylcholine and increase in cholesterol and sphingomyelin, which make the cell membrane more rigid and less flexible. Therefore, when we administer phosphatidylcholine, the high amount can replace the sphingomyelin and cholesterol in the cell membrane, increasing the fluidity of the cell membrane.

Phosphatidylcholine is found in foods such as eggs, soybeans and sunflower. Our bodies use phosphatidylcholine to make acetylcholine, which is an important neurotransmitter in our brains used for nerve signaling.

Naturopathic Use

A protein in blood capillaries traps the choline and transports the choline to the brain, across the Blood Brain Barrier, which is also composed of a lipid layer. The choline then helps to make nerve membranes. The choline also promotes the production of neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Intravenous phosphatidylcholine can help move these processes along quicker and improve brain function!  This application is used by our Calgary clinic naturopaths in anti-aging related issues and neurological disease.

Conditions Treated with Phosphatidylcholine

In similarity to the brain, clinic Naturopaths use intravenous phosphatidylcholine to help delay age-related changes to cardiac muscles. Phosphatidylcholine has also been shown to improve cardiovascular and respiratory health, especially in individuals exposed to reduced oxygen environments. Naturopathic Doctors use intravenous PC to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL); therefore, improving the LDL:HDL ratio. In athletes, damage to the aorta is common because of the high amounts of blood flow required to push through the heart during exercise. Research has shown that PC can reduce the damage done to aortic cells, at the molecular level of the cell membrane. In addition, clinic Naturopaths use phosphatidylcholine in atherosclerosis treatment, as it improves the removal of plaque accumulations in vascular tissue and reduces the risk of a heart attack.

Furthermore, phosphatidylcholine plays an important role in the liver. Phosphatidylcholine was studied among patients who were diagnosed with fatty liver disease, liver fibrosis and liver infection. Blood markers significantly improved over time and all of the treatment groups receiving intravenous PC benefitted. Clinic Naturopaths have had remarkable success with this application.  Studies have also shown that intravenous phosphatidylcholine can improve metabolic and detoxification potential in naturopathic patients with liver cirrhosis.

Neurological Treatment

Where Clinic Naturopathic Doctors see phosphatidylcholine use really shine is in the neurological system. In clinical settings, phosphatidylcholine can help to increase memory and cognition, because it can help maintain the integrity of cellular membranes in the brain. Brain fog can be a common symptom in chronic infection and disease and PC can help improve brain function, while other therapies target inflammation and immune optimization. Along the same lines, phosphatidylcholine can help improve the neurological system as a whole. Clinic Naturopaths have seen naturopathic patients benefit from phosphatidylcholine in conditions such as dementia and post-concussion syndrome. Clinic Naturopaths of the Nardella clinic in Calgary also see benefit through its use in combination with EDTA for chelation purposes to support cardiovascular health.