Table of Content
- My pick of dietary supplements for this problem
- Fatty Liver causes, risk and symptoms
- The differences between Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) And Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD)
- Natural remedies and foods to fight Fatty Liver
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The Differences Between Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) And Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (ALD)
The unified problems of both are deficiencies of fat metabolism enzymes, coupled with deficiencies in liver molecules that break down fat in the liver. As well as challenges with gallbladder and bile storage weakness. NAFLD is linked to slow digestion of fats, weight gain, obesity, insulin resistance, and cardiovascular problems. ALD has the same challenges of NAFLD, however the disease is progressed by chronic alcohol use. Alcohol is fermented sugar, which turns into fatty triglycerides. That fat makes its way into liver cells and promotes Fatty Liver. Both ALD and NAFLD are examples of accumulated triglycerides in liver cells, which then enlarges the liver. Next is scaring of the liver, which makes it hard or the liver to function, as well as detoxify toxins and balance fats. Then, cirrhosis of the liver can develop if left unchecked and death is a serious risk factor.
What Are The Risks And Causes Of Fatty Liver Disease?  
- Accumulation of stagnated toxins
- High cholesterol
- Accumulation of triglyceride fats inside liver cells
- Chronic alcohol use
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Diabetes (Insulin resistance)
- Hypothyroidism or Hyperthyroidism
- Excessive weight or obesity
- Sleep Apnea
- Metabolic syndrome – digestive distress in metabolizing triglycerides, including food absorption imbalance
- Some chemotherapy drugs, and the drugs corticosteroids and Tamoxifen
What Are Symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease?
- Yellow eyes and skin
- Liver enlargement
- Enlarge liver impending on abdominal organs and causing pressure and discomfort to those organs
- Swelling of abdomen, especially the spleen
- Chronic fatigue or bouts of lethargy and mental fatigue
- Enlargement of men’s breast
Historical Usage of Foods/Herbs To Fight Liver Disease
Betaine – The natural compound Betaine was first discovered in sugar beets in the 19th century. It has been used for treating disorders of the liver, high homocysteine levels – homocystinuria, high potassium levels – hyperkalemia, and stomach and intestinal disorders. A clinical trial done on Betaine mentioned Betaine to be effective in treating fatty liver disease because of its fat-reducing properties in improving fatty liver by getting rid of harmful substances.
Betaine is derived from choline, an important B vitamin required for reducing high levels of homocysteine in the bloodstream. High levels of homocysteine are linked to high fat deposits in the liver. Clinical trials showed a deficiency of choline as being linked to fatty liver disease, while adding choline supplementation to the diet helped reduce fat deposits and fatty liver disease. Betaine is also a protein (amino acid) that has been proven to have mutual benefits for fighting diseases, and supporting muscle gain, improvements in body composition, homocysteine detoxification and increase protein synthesis by helping to reduce fat.
Betaine Foods And Herbs
- Brussel Sprouts
Artichoke leaf is a green, fibrous vegetable rich in cynarin. Cynarin is a phenolic acid that is used for it’s powerful healing choleretic and cholagogue properties. Artichoke leaves are located on the stems of Globe Artichokes. Clinical trials have proven Artichoke leaf extract effective in balancing elevated cholesterol, elevated liver enzymes, elevated triglycerides, and elevated blood sugar levels.
Artichoke leaf also reduces stagnated bile flow because of the cynarin actions which stimulates bile duct contraction. Bile is manufactured in the liver and stored in the gallbladder to emulsify fat. When bile from the liver is not properly transported through the bile duct and into the gallbladder, or the gallbladder is removed, the liver may become stagnated with bile backup. This creates a higher risk of developing elevated cholesterol, elevated liver enzymes, elevated triglycerides, and elevated blood sugar levels, then finally liver disease. Choleretic and cholagogue actions are important to the liver and bile because they to support a liver’s wellbeing and help it function properly. For example, choleretic is a special substance that improves the production of bile in the liver, while cholagogue is an agent that helps with the discharge of bile from the liver by purging it.
Resveratrol has been historically linked to have multiple benefits for cardiovascular disease, cancer and fatty liver disease. Not only is it a strong antioxidant, but also a good anti-inflammation fighter. It helps emulsify fat because it’s both water-soluble and fat-soluble. It stimulates molecules that breakdown fat in the liver, as well as protect the liver from liver damage.
- Grapes and grape skin
- Dark chocolate
In addition to balancing fat metabolism, a reduction in sugar intake, alcohol use, and weight loss is important in fighting against fatty liver disease. Resveratrol can be found in foods and dietary supplements which ultimately bypasses the use of alcohol in red wine. The nutrients I have mentioned in this article may strategically boost energy levels, which may then help the liver distress better.
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