Polyenylphosphatidylcholine (PPC) is a critical part of the membranes of your cells. It keeps these membranes fluid and smooth so that they can grow, communicate, and interact with all the other organs of your body.
Sometimes phospholipids like PPC become depleted in certain organs like the liver, with long term alcohol use. These organs become stiff and hard (a condition medically known as fibrosis or cirrhosis) and are basically scarred up. They often function poorly, and may eventually fail.
It has been found that giving PPC to people with a history of long term alcohol consumption slowed and even stopped the progression of fibrosis and cirrhosis in the liver.
Even more exciting, it is suspected that these beneficial effects are not isolated only to the liver – all cells require the correct phospholipids in their membranes to maintain optimal health and run correctly. Although the liver has been the most studied so far, it is likely that many other organs derive benefit from PPC supplementation.
This is an age where we spend incredible amounts of time and money in order to make our skin look as smooth, fresh and supple as possible. We hate to say it, but your skin is really just a layer of dead cells with the main function of acting as a barrier to the outside world. But consider the “skin” of your internal self – the membranes of your cells and the suppleness of your body organs. This is where true health and vitality begins, and ensuring the fluidity of your internal membranes is a key step to organ function and internal vitality!
Polyenylphosphatidylcholine (PPC) is a critical component of the outer wall of the cell, the cell membrane.
The cell membrane is the border between the cell and its environment. But it is much more than a mechanical barrier - it is where communication, signalling, channelling, pumping, and numerous protein to protein interactions take place. It is really a two dimensional liquid that holds thousands of critical proteins which need to be able to move freely, reacting and changing as they communicate with their environment , the cell interior, and themselves. This requires rapid lateral movement inside the membrane. The cell membrane therefore has to be fluid and not too stiff to function optimally. HeptoShield optimizes membrane fluidity and overall cellular health.
Quality PPC preparations are not easy to make correctly. The few products available on the North American market today use alcohol to dissolve the phospholipids. The liver must work harder to detoxify and eliminate the alcohol contained in these preparations, thus adding additional stress to this critical organ. HeptoShield has been formulated without the use of alcohol, and is the most liver friendly product on the market today. It is formulated using ultra-purified soy lecithin, in which everything except the Polyenylphosphatidylcholine fraction has been removed. It is then gently resuspended in a mixture of antioxidants to prevent oxidation (tocopherols) and Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT's) - medium chain fatty acids which typically are not stored as fat but burned instead as a source of energy. A truly unique formulation which is available nowhere else.
Polyenylphosphatidylcholine has been shown in numerous research papers to arrest, prevent, and often reverse the effects of cirrhosis of the liver, a condition where the organ becomes very stiff from fibrosis. This beneficial effect is not only isolated to the liver, and no doubt applies to every organ and cell of the body.
Lieber CS, DeCarli LM, Mak KM, Kim CI, Leo MA. Attenuation of alcohol-induced hepatic fibrosis by polyunsaturated lecithin. Hepatology. 1990 Dec;12(6):1390-8.
Lieber CS, Robins SJ, Li J, DeCarli LM, Mak KM, Fasulo JM, Leo MA. Phosphatidylcholine protects against fibrosis and cirrhosis in the baboon. Gastroenterology. 1994 Jan;106(1):152-9.
Ma X, Zhao J, Lieber CS. Polyenylphosphatidylcholine attenuates non-alcoholic hepatic fibrosis and accelerates its regression. J Hepatol. 1996 May;24(5):604-13.
Niederau C, Strohmeyer G, Heintges T, Peter K, Gopfert E. Polyunsaturated phosphatidyl-choline and interferon alpha for treatment of chronic hepatitis B and C: a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Leich Study Group. Hepatogastroenterology. 1998 May-Jun;45(21):797-804.
Lieber CS. Pathogenesis and treatment of alcoholic liver disease: progress over the last 50 years. Rocz Akad Med Bialymst. 2005;50:7-20. Review.
Directions: Take 6 Capsules daily [2 capsules 3 times daily with meals]
Capsules per Bottle: 180 [30 days supply]
Amount Per 6 capsules
Calories from Fat
Saturated Fat &
Phospholipon 90G TM ^ [Polyenylphosphatidylcholine]
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
** Daily Value or Recommended Daily Intake not established.
& 85% of saturated fats are present as Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT's)
MCT's are naturally burned as energy and show little or no tendency to be
stored as body fat.
^ Phospholipon 90GTM is a highly purified phospholipid formulation
containing 99% Polyenylphosphatidylcholine
Ingredients: Polyenylphosphatidylcholine, Medium Chain Triglycerides
Other Ingredients: Gelatin, Mixed Tocopherols
Contains products derived from soybeans.
Contains NO sugar, artificial sweeteners, flavours, colors, or preservatives.