Hm true, it seems disingenuous of them to make those claims though, and then use them to sell products at drastically inflated prices.
Is this the product you used? https://au.iherb.com/pr/nutricology-ntfactor-energylipids-powder-5-3-oz-150-g/45698
NTfactor seems to refer to a whole line of different things so I wasn't exactly sure.
That product appears to be soy derived, so perhaps it's not the right one? I purposefully take sunflower lecithin as to avoid soy. I saw mepedia also has an article on NTfactor and they say: "NT Factor is a purified soy extract consisting only of food and food components including..." so maybe all of them are soy derived?
Do you know if they did any studies comparing supplementing the NTfactor product and supplementation of normal sunflower lecithin? Eg https://au.iherb.com/pr/now-foods-sunflower-lecithin-pure-powder-1-lb-454-g/59514
The sunflower lecithin has the following breakdown of components:
Phosphatidylcholine: 25 %
Phosphatidylinositol: 18 %
Phosphatidylethanolamine: 11 %
From the NTfactor patent, I got the following:
The composition of claim 2 having about 7% phosphatidic acid (PA), 5% phosphatidylglycerol (PG), about 24% phosphatidylcholine (PC), about 20% phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), and about 14% phosphatidylinositol (PI).
In that one composition at least, it appears to have the same phosphatidylcholine content percentage-wise, somewhat similar inositol and almost double the ethanolamine. The other minor components don't seem to be listed on the Now Foods product but when I read about lecithin they were mentioned - perhaps they just aren't of enough interest to warrant labelling. The NTfactor patent does list a number of other breakdowns but it is unclear when they would be using those or if they just want to cover as much as they can with the patent.
In any case, please let me know if you know of a different NTfactor product that I wasn't aware of, or if I am misunderstanding something here. From what I know currently, it seems like NTfactor just patented a blend of lecithin mixed with a few vitamins, minerals, etc and use this to sell their product at a greatly increased price. I would love to be proven wrong as I would definitely appreciate having more energy!
But at this stage it seems that supplementing a (non-soy) lecithin would achieve the same results?