The term that literally means, "fat-loving!"
Lipotropic agents are a class of substances that play an essential 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.
Lipotropic injections help to:
- 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 and carbohydrates. This helps to solubilize cholesterol, thus lessening cholesterol deposits in blood vessels and decreasing the choice of gallstone formation.
- Prevent the accumulation of fats in the liver. A fatty liver can cause sluggish liver function.
- Detoxify amine (by-products of protein metabolism). This is important for people on a high protein diet.
- 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 absorb invading viruses and microbes. They also recognize and destroy foreign and abnormal tissue.
Important functions of the individual lipotropics:
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 metabolizes fat. Choline deficiency can lead to cirrhosis and fatty degeneration of the liver and hardening of the arteries.
Inositol works with Vitamin E to facilitate its actions in the treatment of muscular dystrophy. Inositol deficiency can lead to hair loss. Caffeine can cause a depletion of inositol.
Methionine works with choline to detoxify amines, which are the by-products of protein metabolism. It acts as a catalyst for choline and inositol, opening up their function. Along with choline, it aids in reducing liver fat and protects the kidney.