ZEB, Udo Erasmus wrote an article that might answer some of your questions.
BTW, ALA stands for Alpha Lipoic Acid and Alpha-Linoleic Acid. (grin)
Judecca, I’m sorry, but I just don’t know how to answer your question. I’m not holding out on you; I just don’t know how to explain it more clearly.
Phytoestrogens are plant estrogens. Plant estrogens are weak estrogen mimickers; they bind weakly to the estrogen receptors. T loving men want to keep T high and E low. Phytoestrogens seem to work against that goal, in that they elicit a hormonal response. High T and low E is not always good, which is why phytoestrogens are used therapeutically in the treatment of some hormonal cancers, like prostate cancer.
So the bottom line is that phytoestrogens can be good/useful in some cases, but are generally avoided by most of the people on this site who have read up on the topic of soy.
As far as lecithin goes, once again, I’m sorry. I can’t explain how it’s processed and how the phytoestrogens are removed. You’ll probably have to ask a manufacturer of lecithin or a food chemist/scientist.