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This monograph is intended to serve as a guide to industry for the preparation of Product Licence Applications (PLAs) and labels for natural health product market authorization. It is not intended to be a comprehensive review of the medicinal ingredient.



July 1, 2019

Proper name(s), Common name(s), Source material(s)

Table 1. Proper name(s), Common name(s), Source material(s)
Proper name(s) Common name(s) Source ingredient(s) Source material(s)
Common name(s) Proper name(s) Part(s)
  • 1,2-Diacylglycero-3-phosphocholine
  • 1,2-diacyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine
  • Lecithin


Soya oil

Glycine max



  • Brassica napus
  • Helianthus annuus


Salmo salar


References: Proper names: HC 2015, NIH 2009; Common name: HC 2015, NIH 2009; Source information: HC 2015, NIH 2009, USP 32 2009.

Route of Administration


Dosage Form(s)

This monograph excludes foods or food-like dosage forms as indicated in the Compendium of Monographs Guidance Document.

Acceptable dosage forms for any age category listed in this monograph for the specified route of administration are listed in the Compendium of Monographs Guidance Document.

Use(s) or Purpose(s)

Helps to support liver function (IOM 2006; Shils et al. 2006; IOM 1998).



Adults 18 years and older


1 - 6 grams of Lecithin, per day (IOM 2006; HC 2005; Blumenthal et al. 2000; IOM 1998; Canty and Zeisel 1994; WHO 1974).

Direction(s) for use

No statement required.

Duration(s) of Use

No statement required.

Risk Information

Caution(s) and warning(s)

No statement required.


No statement required.

Known adverse reaction(s)

No statement required.

Non-medicinal ingredients

Must be chosen from the current Natural Health Products Ingredients Database (NHPID) and must meet the limitations outlined in the database.

Storage conditions

No statement required.


References Cited

References Reviewed