Obesity, Fatty Liver, and Nutrient Deficiency
Monday, October 29, 2007
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
The accumulation of fat in the liver is a significant health problem that clogs liver function, setting the stage for diabetes and other issues. It is typically occurring in direct relationship to one’s expanding waistline. Researchers just showed that stimulating the metabolism of fat significantly helped mice clear up this problem.
Of particular interest is the method the researchers used to induce the problem in the first place, which was placing the mice on a diet that restricted methionine and choline. Methionine is a vital sulfur-containing amino acid that drives liver metabolism. Choline is known as a lipotropic nutrient (meaning it helps fat flow from the liver – a fat solvent). Rather than using a drug to stimulate liver metabolism doesn’t it make sense to just have the nutrients in the diet that help to naturally metabolize fat.
Methionine is found in whey protein, cottage cheese, meat, chicken, fish, cheese, and eggs. Egg yolks and beef liver are the highest dietary source of choline. Soy, peanut butter, and cauliflower also contain choline. Activator Plus is a supplement that provides both methionine and choline. There are many other nutrients, such as DHA, pantethine, and Acetyl-L-Carnitine, that directly assist in the metabolism of fat.
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