Knowing our brain and bodies have miles and miles of cell membranes, Dr. Fox and I are always finding the best ways to support healthy cell membranes and your nervous system.
Phosphatidylcholine, or PC for short, is a kind of phospholipid (or fat) that is found in every cell membrane in the body. Fascinatingly, your brain, and nervous system are made up of 70 percent fat and this fat has the same molecular structure as phosphatidylcholine. When this phospholipid is given intravenously, it gives your brain and cells the food they need to replace old, damaged parts of the cell membrane. And as they replace old parts of the cell membrane with new, optimally functioning membranes, everything works better!
Making it even more powerful, this process can help detox fat-soluble toxins and biotoxin that have accumulated in our bodies over a lifetime. We have found this life-giving lipid incredibly helpful for headaches, brain fog, mold, Lyme, concussions, all forms of dementia and almost any neurological disorder. Many patients report increased mental vibrancy and deeper sleep and an overall improvement in their health.
It’s estimated the human body is made up of nearly 100 trillion cells. Each of these cells is a tiny miracle in and of itself, functioning independently and collectively to keep the human body functioning in optimum health. Recently, scientific research has focused on promoting the health and structure of the cell membrane as a way to approach chronic disease and healthy aging.
Phosphatidylcholine, or PC for short, is a phospholipid that makes up nearly 50 percent of our cell membrane structure. Not considered a vitamin or nutrient, PC is the same compound that makes up all cell membranes. It comprises two fat-loving tails and one water-loving head… these lipid molecules are vital structures in every cell in our bodies as well as the membrane of each of our energy-producing mitochondria.
Cell membranes are important, providing both structure and a barrier that protects the cell’s interior. But they’re also much more than that.
In 2005, a group of scientists led by Dr. Lipton, in fact, found that if they removed or damaged the DNA contained within the nucleus of a cell, the cell would continue to function for weeks or months. But if they damaged the cell membrane, the cell would immediately die.
While PC levels decline as a normal part of aging, illness, poor diet, injury and exposure to exogenous toxins and biotoxins can damage cell membranes. When damaged, cell membranes experience impaired translation of nutrients, poor signaling and difficulty removing waste and infection.
The brain, nervous system, liver, intestinal tract and kidneys are especially vulnerable to declining or damaged PC levels. Membrane damage can lead a host of issues, such as:
- Impaired focus, memory and cognition
- IBS symptoms
- Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
Replacing and supplementing PC is thought to improve mental focus, brain function, cellular repair and the removal of biotoxins from the body. From a functional medicine perspective, it’s also considered vital for brain, neurotransmitter, liver, GI and kidney function.
Patricia Kaneand her associates are pioneers in PC research, with their work considered the gold standard in PC science. Their research has found that intravenous Essential N is among the best ways to recover cell membrane health when PC deficiency or damage occurs.
At Boulder Holistic, we offer intravenous Essential N PC and Glutathione to address chronic illness, mold and other biotoxin illnesses several times a week.
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Schwartz, D., Leventhal, S. (2012). Phosphatidylcholine and Glutathione: Champions of Cell Membranes. http://m.hudsonvalleyfunctionalmedicine.org/sites/default/files/PC_gstHVFM_final2012.pdf