Five Steps to Digestive Health
Have trouble managing those confusing store shelves? Get your liver and pancreas functioning at their fullest potential. Promote good digestive health and avoid digestive troubles with these nutrients and supplements.
This is a supplement that contains 10 percent to 20 percent phosphatidylcholine, depending on the brand. Phosphatidylcholine is a necessary component of VLDL, or very-low-density lipoprotein, which transports fats processed by the liver around the body.
One component of the chemical, called choline, comes from the diet and can help replenish the needed levels of phosphatidylcholine in the liver to build VLDL molecules. However, when people are deficient in choline, these VLDL particles cannot form correctly, so fat builds up in the liver to cause damage. There are two ways to get choline or phosphatidylcholine—through a supplement or in food.
A varied diet should provide enough choline. Men should aim for 550 milligrams and women for 425 milligrams a day. One large egg contains about 125 milligrams of choline, and one cup of toasted wheat germ contains about 175 milligrams.
Zinc has been shown to help detoxify the body of alcohol. The optimum amount, especially for anyone who drinks alcohol, is 15 milligrams per day.
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