...are a class of substances that play an important role in the body's use of fat. Many substances have lipotropic properties of which choline, inositol and methionine are among the most noteworthy. Through their involvement in lipid (fat) metabolism, lipotropics help maintain a healthy liver.
Choline & Inositol...
...are co-enzymes that are required for the proper metabolism of fats, and have the ability to remove fat from the liver. Choline's function in fat metabolism is tied to its role in bile production. Without choline, fats can become trapped in the liver, where they can block normal metabolic functions. Choline and inositol are necessary for normal nerve and brain function. Choline is a fat emulsifier which aids in emulsifying cholesterol so that it doesn't settle on arterial walls. Choline works well with inositol to utilize fats and cholesterol. The body can produce choline, with the help of vitamin B12, folic acid and methionine. Natural choline production however, may not always be adequate to meet daily needs. Studies show that diets deficient in choline lead to undesirable changes to liver, kidney and brain functions.
...metabolizes fats and cholesterol and aids in transporting fat in the blood system. Thus, inositol is an aid in the redistribution of body fat and can help to lower cholesterol levels. It is a member of the B-Complex group and is a lipotropic agent. A lack of inositol has be shown to produce an accumulation of triglycerides in the liver.
...has lipotropic properties similar to those of choline. Two other important amino acids, cysteine and taurine, depend on adequate levels of methionine for their biosynthesis in the body. Methionine is one of the nutrients required during the body's manufacture of choline and a deficiency of this amino acid will adversely affect fat metabolism.
Methionine is a lipotropic amino acid which reduces fat and aids in lowering cholesterol.
It can be substituted for choline, which aids in reducing liver fat and detoxifies amines, which are by-products of protein metabolism. A deficiency may lead to fatty degeneration and cirrhosis of the liver.
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