Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Lipotropics and Weight Loss - Part 1

Nutritional supplements known as lipotropic combinations (or lipotropic factors) are designed to enhance liver function and increase the flow of fats and bile from the liver and gallbladder. By definition, a lipotropic substance decreases the deposit or speeds up the removal of fat (lipo=fat, tropic=stimulate) within the liver.

Lipotropics increase production of lecithin by the liver thereby helping to keep cholesterol more soluble and lessening deposits in blood vessels. They prevent accumulation of fats in the liver. They also detoxify amines which are by-products of protein metabolism and aid in converting fat into useful energy. Lipotropic combinations are well known in naturopathic medicine but until recently have been little used by conventional physicians.

Calcium Pyruvate plays a crucial role in the conversion of food to energy. Pyruvate increases cellular respiration, or the amount of energy the mitochondria (the cells' metabolic furnace) use. The more energy used, the less the body stores.

Ronald T. Stanko, M.D., at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, conducted a study involving 14 obese women (average weight 256 pounds), who were fed a 1,000-calorie liquid diet for three weeks. Those taking pyruvate lost 37% more weight (13 versus 9.5 pounds) and 48% more fat (8.8 versus 5.9 pounds) than the control group.

Ginseng is a popular antioxidant herb used to increase energy, strengthen the immune system and to protect the body against the physical effects of stress and fatigue. Compounds found in ginseng help to combat harmful viruses and bacteria and certain cancers. The herb also has positive effects on the nervous system and one of its substances, panaxans, lowers blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that Ginseng is also a good appetite suppressant.

Tomorrow: more lipotropic supplements ... or read the full story here

Dr Jeff St Paul
Weight Loss in 5 minutes a day - it's Magic!

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