Lipotropic combination is a nutritional supplement used mainly for liver function enhancement. Sometimes called lipotropic complex or lipotropic factors, lipotropic combination is a mixture of four of the most effective “fat burners” available. It contains useful amounts of lipotropics, including choline, inositol, and methionine, L-carnitine, CO-Q 10, and chromium picolinate.
Lipotropic combination got its name from the terms “lipo”, which means “fat” and “tropic”, meaning “stimulate.” The combination was designed to optimize the liver for its many functions and to increase the flow of fats and bile from the liver and gallbladder. Lipotropic combination is a substance that speeds up the removal of fat, or decreases fat deposits within the liver. Because of this function, lipotropic combinations have gained most of their reputation in naturopathic medicine. However, due to insufficient evidence supporting its claim as an effective fat-burner, the combination is not quite as popular in conventional medicine.
As previously stated, the typical components of lipotropic combinations are amino acids, such as choline, methionine, and insitol, coupled with vitamin B12 and folic acid. Usually, these nutrients are combined with certain herbs known for their fat-burning properties. Among these herbs are milk thistles, dandelions, turmeric, and boldo. These herbs are said to increase the secretion of bile, or choleretics, by stimulating the contraction and flow of the gallbladder, known as cholagogues.
Lipotropic combinations appear to benefit various types of liver damage, including alcohol-related hepatitis. They can also soothe pain resulting from gallstones, even going so far as preventing them from forming. The easy-to-take substance is soothing to the liver and cures such disorders as endometriosis.
The key components of lipotropic combinations – methionine, choline, and inositol – help maintain the membranes of liver cells. Choline, a phospholipid, especially facilitates the transport of fat molecules in and out of liver cells and across cell membranes. As such, lipotropic combinations may be helpful in easing situations where there are excessive deposits of fat in the liver. Lipotropic combinations help burn fats, which when in excess, can lead to such liver-related disorders as alcoholism, obesity, and poor nutrition.
One of the many herbs used in lipotropic combinations is the milk thistle. The herb is native to the Mediterranean and grows wild throughout Europe, North America, and Australia. Milk thistle was first mentioned as a cure for liver problems in the first century, A.D. 23-79. Substances found in milk thistle are said to support the liver’s ability to maintain its normal function. Studies have shown that the herb has positive effects in the treatment of liver diseases, including cirrhosis, hepatitis, necroses, and liver damage due to drug and alcohol abuse.
The root of the dandelion plant has a long history of being used throughout the world as a liver herb. As such, it is used in combination with other herbs and some amino acids to form the traditional remedy for liver problems, lipotropic combination. For centuries, the Chinese people used dandelion to treat breast problems such as cancer, inflammation, decreased milk flow, et cetera. More recently, human and animal studies showed that dandelion root contains very high concentrations of choline. This is why dandelion helps stimulate the secretion of bile.
There are also other herbs used in lipotropic combinations. The number of herbs used is so many that it’s hard to keep track of all of them. However, one thing is for sure; these herbs all have substances in them that can help enhance the liver and its function.
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