Fat is often viewed as the bad guy, negatively affecting health, but there are certain types of fats that are crucial to optimal cellular function, including production of ATP (energy), and therefore maintaining activity of tissues, organs and systems that contribute to our ability to have a happy and healthy life.
One such group of fats are phospholipids that are crucial to functions throughout the body mainly due to their role as major biological components of biological cellular membranes including those that surround the cell and those membranes that encapsulate the components found within the cells such as the nucleus and mitochondria.
The body can synthesise phospholipids endogenously, as well as make use of dietary sources found in egg yolks, milk, fish, turkey, liver, chicken and beef. Some plants sources also provide phospholipids including legumes and cabbage. However, 15kg soya beans would have to be consumed to deliver around 1.8g of membrane phospholipids – not a practical or an appealing thought!  An average but balanced diet may provide around 2-8g phospholipids per day.
The need for a daily supply of quality phospholipids and their component parts often means supplementation with high quality phospholipid powders is required to support a variety of health outcomes, especially when managing fatigue related complaints. The end result is to supplement sufficient daily phospholipids, of the right quality and ratio, to transform cellular membranes throughout the body so that enzymes, receptors, and other components of the cell membrane are more active and membranes are less permeable, less deformable and have greater functionality. When the correct mix of phospholipids are used this has a clinically relevant effect on energy production, and inflammation associated symptoms.
Here are some tasty recipes to enjoy this Bank Holiday weekend making use of phospholipid powders to put a spring in your step!
• ½ avocado
• 50g blueberries
• Juice from ½ a lime
• 1 cup almond milk
• ½ cup water
• 1/4tsp NT Factorpowder
• ½ tsp raw honey to taste
HOW TO MAKE
Add all ingredients to a blender and process on high speed for 20-30 seconds. Add more water or additional almond milk to achieve desired consistency
• ½ cup organic porridge oats
• 2tbsp sunflower seeds
• 1tbsp ground linseed
• 1 cup water or almond milk
• ¼ tsp high NT Factor powder
• ¼ cup stewed apples or mixed berries
• ½ tsp ground cinnamon
HOW TO MAKE
Soak the porridge oats, sunflower seeds and ground linseeds for 2-8h (e.g. overnight) in the water or almond milk.
Add more water/almond milk to get desired consistency then stir in NT Factor. powder. Add
stewed apples and cinnamon topping.
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