Health Associates Medical Group of Sacramento, California has been successfully & safely administering Intravenous Phosphatidylcholine treatments for many years.

Every cell in your body is encapsulated by a membrane composed of a double layer of phospholipids and the most abundant phospholipid is Phosphatidylcholine (PC).  Phosphatidylcholine is the pivotal phospholipid that is prevalent in healthy young cell membranes and as we get older and/or ill this phospholipid gets replaced with less beneficial phospholipids and this lipid layer can trap and store many toxins.  These toxins can impact cell membrane and mitochondrial function (cells energy production) as well as cellular communication.  Phosphatidylcholine gets incorporated into the cell membrane and improves its integrity and serves to improve the transport of nutrients and export toxins across the cell membrane. 

Phosphatidylcholine is also a good source of choline, which is the main substrate for the production of the memory enhancing neurotransmitter, acetylcholine.  Phosphatidylcholine is also an excellent fat emulsifier and thus is helpful to improve serum lipid profiles. 

Typically, a two-hour infusion of 875 mg – 1750 of Phosphatidylcholine is given 1 – 3 per week.  At least 10 treatments of PC are recommended.  It has been our experience that the patient starts to notice significant health benefits between 8 to 10 treatments.  This is why we recommend the initial 10 treatments in a 1 – 2-month timeframe, so the patient and practitioner can evaluate this therapy benefit in a timely fashion.   Sometimes I.V. glutathione is given right after this PC therapy for additional therapeutic benefit. 

Why should you do this?

Chronic illness is associated with poor cell membrane health.  This impacts conditions such as vascular (blood flow to heart, brain and extremities) disease, high cholesterol, liver disease, autoimmune disease, mood disorders, migraines and multiple neurodegenerative disorderssuch as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia & memory loss.  By replenishing your cell membranes with healthy phospholipids, you can expect to improve overall cellular function as well as improve transport of important nutrients into the cell and export common toxic compounds such as heavy metals, organic pollutants and chemicals like PCB’s and pesticides from the cell.

Are there any significant side effects?

The only relatively common side effect is lowering of the blood pressure and associated lightheadedness.  This is not a dangerous situation and not a reason to discontinue the treatment.  Another side effect might be loose stools.  Occasionally even in good veins there can be some irritation.  Most patients have no complaints.