A condition known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is now one of the fastest growing health problems in the United States. Incredibly, experts suggest that 15 to 25 percent of the general population now suffers from this condition.
Though there are few early symptoms, NAFLD can quickly progress to an advanced stage of liver destruction called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis — also called fatty (steato) hepatitis. About 2 to 5 percent of the general population will ultimately develop this dangerous condition.
Unfortunately, most doctors are not aware of the current research suggesting that modern diets are the main culprit in NAFLD. In most cases, if the diet is changed the condition can improve and even be eliminated. (For tips on buying safer, healthier food, read my special report "How to Avoid Poisonous Foods."
But for an unfortunate few, NAFLD can lead to severe liver damage that may require a transplant. In these few, the fat accumulation leads to intense inflammation of the liver and severe scarring called cirrhosis. This can advance into complete liver failure and death.
A colleague of mine, Dr. Kate Collison, a researcher at the Cell Biology & Diabetes Research Unit, Department of Biological Sciences, in Saudi Arabia, shared with me some of her groundbreaking research on this subject.
Dr. Collison’s research clearly shows that a combination of a high intake of trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils such as corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, and soybean oils), along with monosodium glutamate (MSG) leads to liver damage as well as metabolic syndrome, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and insulin resistance.
MSG alone has been shown to produce intense storms of free radicals and lipid peroxidation products in the liver, an organ that is especially at risk because the blood from the intestines and colon drains directly into it, creating high concentrations of toxic substances.
Interestingly, trans fatty acids, high fructose corn syrup, and MSG all raised cholesterol levels, produced insulin resistance, and caused fat to accumulate in the abdomen (called visceral fat).
Luckily, there are supplements you can take to protect your liver and heal the damage of NAFLD:
• Silymarin has been shown to be especially effective against NAFLD.
• Curcumin reduces liver inflammation, promotes bile flow, improves liver detoxification.
• Quercetin has been shown tobe especially protective of the liver, especially in conjunction with curcumin.
• N-acetyl-L-cysteine plays an important role in increasing cellular levels of the antioxidant glutathione.
• Magnesium citrate/malate increases liver cell glutathione, reduces inflammation, improves blood flow, and prevents gallstones.
• Vitamin D3 is an immune modulator, which means that it reduces inflammation. It also boosts resistance to infections and has many other protective functions.
To learn more about vitamin D3, read my special report "Vitamin D's Hidden Role in Your Health."
• Omega-3 fatty acids contain a component called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which significantly increases a protein in the liver called PPAR-gamma, which powerfully reduces inflammation in liver cells.
• Taurine is a sulfur-containing amino acid that is essential for liver detoxification. The dose is 500 mg twice a day, taken 30 minutes before meals.
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