Obesity, Fatty Liver, and Nutrient Deficiency

Monday, October 29, 2007
By: 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 An essential amino acid which serves as a methyl donor and is involved with the biosynthesis of other nutrients. Improper conversion is associated with production of homocysteine and atherosclerosis. and choline.  Methionine is a vital sulfur-containing amino acid Building blocks of peptides and protein and have multiple roles of function in life including muscle function, growth, detoxification and metabolic pathways, and neurotransmitter function. 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 An essential amino acid which serves as a methyl donor and is involved with the biosynthesis of other nutrients. Improper conversion is associated with production of homocysteine and atherosclerosis. and choline.  There are many other nutrients, such as DHA Docosahexaenoic acid Essential omega 3 fatty acid integral to the health of all cell membranes, nerve and brain function. Must be gotten through the diet via cold water oceanic fish or some very limited plant sources or taken as a supplement., pantethine, and Acetyl-L-Carnitine, that directly assist in the metabolism of fat.

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