What are phospholipids?
Phospholipids are a basic component of nearly all cell membranes, coined as the building blocks of cell membranes.
The basic structure of a cell membrane is composed of 2 layers of phospholipids. They play a part in protecting the cell, keeping the vital parts inside from being damaged by external elements. Phospholipids keep the cell healthy and enable it to function properly. Phospholipids regenerate damaged cell membranes and protect them against attacks from viruses and toxins. They help make cells more fluid and keep cell membranes from hardening, which would limit nutrients from entering and leaving the cell.
Phospholipids also restore cell metabolism and stimulate membrane proteins such as enzymes and receptors.
The cell membrane
The cell membrane is made up of two-layer of phospholipids as its basic framework. It protects the important elements inside the cell from the outside environment and controls what goes in and out of the cell.
When the cell membrane is damaged, the function of the cell is weakened. Severe cell membrane damage may lead to cell death.