Effects of Lecithin on Memory and Plasma Choline Levels: A study in Normal Volunteers

  • J. C. Gillin
  • N. Sitaram
  • H. Weingartner
  • C. Crammer
  • I. Hanin
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 25)


Administration of choline (Ch) or lecithin (phosphatidylcholine), the biosynthetic precursors of acetylcholine (ACh) may increase functional cholinergic neurotransmission (1,14,15). Ch has been reported to increase plasma levels of Ch and brain levels of ACh (1, 14,15) and to be of some benefit in the treatment of tardive dyskinesia (7,11,12). Lecithin is similar but may be superior insofar as it does not cause one of the major side effects of Ch treatment, namely, an offensive “fishy” odor.


Normal Volunteer Good Performer Index Card Serial Learning Cholinergic Neurotransmission 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Gillin
    • 1
    • 2
  • N. Sitaram
    • 1
  • H. Weingartner
    • 1
  • C. Crammer
    • 3
  • I. Hanin
    • 3
  1. 1.Unit on Sleep Studies, Biological Psychiatry Branch and Laborator of PsychologyNIMHBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Laboratory of Clinical PsychopharmacologyNIMH St. Elizabeths HospitalUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry, School of MedicineUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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