Phosphatidylcholine is a sub-class of choline, which is an important component of cellular membranes. This drug is sometimes referred to as a PC and is an important part of the nutrient lecithin. Sometimes concepts lecithin and PC are interchangeable. Phosphatidylcholine is heavily involved in the structure of membranes. It is most commonly found commercially in soy lecithin and sold over-the-counter as a food supplement
According to a study published in the January 19, 2008 issue of the Journal of Lipid Research, the phosphatidylcholine be an essential nutrient for humans and other animals, but there is no indication that it improves sleep.
PC has been used in several European and Asian countries for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and traumatic coma.
The phosphatidylcholine found in soy lecithin is taken by many consumers as a dietary supplement as a preventative for such ailments as high cholesterol, arteriosclerosis, hypertension and liver problems.
Due to large amounts of phosphatidylcholine can increase symptoms of depression, it should only be taken by those who are treated for depression, while under a doctor’s supervision.
Side effects of phosphatidylcholine may include difficulty breathing, chest pain and hives or other skin irritations. Should you experience any suchlike side effects you should stop taking PC Immediately and contact your doctor.