You’ve likely read or heard about phosphatidyl choline somewhere, maybe online or on a bottle in a supplement aisle. Maybe, like many of us, you could barely pronounce it, and it’s a good rule not to swallow anything you can’t pronounce unless someone reasonably knowledgeable gives you a good reason to do so.
Phosphatidyl choline (fahs-fah-tide-all koline, PC for short) is the nutritional source for one of the several type of fats, called phospholipids, required by our bodies for healthy structure and function of the outer surface of our cells–the cellular membrane.
Our cell membranes are designed to allow nutrients into the cell itself, keep out toxins, and flush away waste products of metabolism. But as we age the membranes grow less and less efficient, both at filtering and detoxifying. In a nutshell,
PC strengthens cell membranes.
Interestingly, PC is also involved in the manufacturing of acetylcholine, a brain neurotransmitter involved in clear thought and memory.
Phospholipid membrane deterioration is a major component of virtually all chronic illnesses as well as premature aging. Diseases well-known to be linked to membrane deterioration include all the chronic inflammatory and autoimmune disorders– Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, chronic Lyme and mold biotoxin illness, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Patients without a specific diagnosis who suspect they’re aging too quickly are probably sensing cellular membrane deterioration. (The look-in-the-mirror moment of “My God! I’ve aged!”). You suddenly notice you’ve been feeling every decade that’s gone by. To cheer you up, here’s a nice article from Forbes about PC, which they call an “anti-aging wonder pill.”
Choline in food and supplements
To raise your PC, you need to eat more foods containing choline, which is classified as an essential nutrient. Click here and scroll down to the second chart to see a list of choline-rich food sources. Eggs lead the way, but cod, shrimp, scallops, and collards are also included.
Supplying yourself with a steady source of choline can be challenging, so while you should plan to eat a choline-rich diet, I recommend also taking an oral supplement such as this one, which absorbs well and reaches virtually every cell in your body for immediate cell membrane repair and optimal function.
For people who have chronic illness or sense premature aging, however, it’s probably quickest to get the whole process of membrane repair started by using IV phosphatidyl choline. This treatment has actually been around for more than 55 years in medical centers worldwide.
Some centers refer to PC by its original brand name, Plaquex, because one of its most interesting (and widely sought) effects is the clearing of cholesterol plaque from inside arteries. And because PC infused via IV supports so many areas of the body (including circulatory, mental health, liver, and sexual well-being), patients do report improvements in mental function, sexual function, cholesterol markers, and liver enzymes.
Depending on the individual clinical situation, ten treatments are usually recommended as a start, taken twice weekly. As with all WholeHealth Chicago IV therapies, you’ll receive your infusion in a private room except for the staff member who enters to start the IV and, about 15 minutes later, removes it.
Do some homework on PC yourself. You may realize you’ve got a health situation where the investment ($150 per IV) is worth it, or you may choose to support your PC levels with a supplement taken by mouth.
David Edelberg, MD