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. 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.
- They increase the production of lecithin by the liver and the term is used to refer to substances that are able to help the liver metabolize fats. This helps to solubilize cholesterol, thus lessening cholesterol deposits in blood vessels and decreasing the choice of gallstone formation (gallstones are made of cholesterol).
- They prevent the accumulation of fats in the liver. A fatty liver can cause 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.