Lipotropic, the term literally means "fat loving"! Lipotropic
agents are a class of substances that play an important role in the
body's use of fat. May 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.
- They increase the production of lecithin by the liver and the
tem is used to refer to substances that are able to help the liver
metabolize fats and. This helps to solubilize cholesterol, thus
lessening cholesterol deposits in blood vessels and decreasing the
choice of gallstone formation (gallstones are made of
- They prevent the accumulation of fats in the liver. A fatty
liver can cause a sluggish liver function.
- They detoxify amine (by-products of protein metabolism). This
is important for people on a high protein diet.
- They increase resistance to disease. They bolster the thymus
gland to carry out its anti-disease function by stimulating the
production of antibodies. Stimulating the growth of phagocytes,
which surround and gobble up invading viruses and microbes. They
also recognize and destroy foreign and abnormal tissue.