People who spent their life consuming a lot of alcohol are at higher risk of liver problems, including alcoholic liver disease.
But, also those who don’t drink a lot of alcohol can experience disease of the liver, known as a non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
It is important to know that the severity of this disease often ranges. Namely, if your liver is inflamed, you suffer from NASH, i.e., non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. Additionally, this stage is actually serious as it can contribute to cirrhosis as well as late-stage liver disease.
It is considered that NAFLD affects over 20% of the Americans, and also about 2 to 3% of these people suffer from NASH. Those who suffer from NAFLD show either few or no symptoms at all. However, the present symptoms of this liver disease are fatigue, upper right abdominal pain, malaise, and weight loss.
There are beneficial natural treatments that give excellent effects to liver while the treatments from drugs are shown as inefficient. Here are excellent remedies for non- alcoholic fatty liver disease:
- Diet with low glycemic index
In one study which was published in the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology, 2008 was declared that sugar contributes to NAFLD and 80% of the patients with it consumed adequate amounts of soft drinks, juices which was translated to 12 teaspoons of sugar.
Apples, eggs, onions, garlic, pears, legumes, broccoli, artichokes, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots and green leafy vegetables are with low GI index and you should start consuming them.
Also, according to one study published in the Journal of Hepatology in 2012, was declared that exercise can be quite effective therapy for NAFLD. For effective treat of this disease, you will need 40 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic activity for 5 days. It will balance enzyme values and enhance the quality of liver.
Phyto- constituents which are present in flaxseed inhibits the harmful hormones which strain the liver. One combination was published by the journal Lipids in Health and Disease in 2013, the mixture of alpha-lipic acid and flaxseed oil improved the function of liver and prevented fat accumulation and stress.
Food and Chemical Toxicology published a study in which according to them the dandelion leaf extract can treat obesity related with NAFLD. It can minimize the fat accumulation in liver and lower insulin resistance. Just add a teaspoon of dandelion in a cup of boiling water and cover it for 10 minutes. Strain and drink after this for 3 times every day for 3 weeks.
Excellent herbal treatment is represented by cilantro or coriander. It is abundant in antioxidants and also has antihyperglycemic effects which are very powerful. It is excellent about different liver complications and related NAFLD conditions like diabetes.
- Amla or Indian gooseberry
This herb is well known in the Ayurvedic medicine. It has powerful rejuvenating effects and is beneficial in treating diabetes and liver disease.
Its antioxidants, vitamin C, allgic acid, gallotannin, gallic acid and corilagin promote liver’s function. It is quite beneficial against the common symptom of NASH, hepatotoxin- induced liver inflammation.
- Milk thistle
When it comes to averting NAFLD and for improvement of the liver Milk thistle is considered to be among one of the most effective herbal remedies. It prevents liver damage and its flavonoids detoxify the body and elevate glutathione levels in the liver. In the case of NAFLD, glutathione is vital component for low liver function.
- Licorice root
This is quite effective in treating NAFLD. Pour boiling water over 1 teaspoon of licorice root powder. Before straining leave it for 10 minutes. Take from it 1-2 times daily.
According to study which was published by Nutritional Research in 2014, by consuming 1,500 milligrams of cinnamon daily the NAFLD can be improved. Also, cinnamon is considered as warming herb which improves digestion and liver condition.
Turmeric has its active component curcumin which, treats effectively diseases of liver and jaundice. It reduces inflammation, oxidative stress and improves insulin sensitivity.
Also, changes the fat metabolism. Liver injuries and NAFLD condition can also be mitigated by it. Add it to your meals or use it as tea. It perfectly fights against liver cancer and liver fibrosis.
TIPS TO PREVENT LIVER DISEASE
- Avoid alcohol: Avoid drinking alcohol even if your fatty liver disease is the non-alcoholic variety. Be careful because some of the drugs and cough syrups can contain alcohol.
- Avoid processed foods: These processed foods are extremely harmful. The uric acid is created by HFCS which leads to increased blood pressure, gout, and liver damage.
- Avoid harmful drugs: Avoid the usage of excessive amounts of acetaminophen (Tylenol) because it can damage your liver.
- Limit the intake of saturated fat: Improve the immune system and prevent liver disease by making your diet high in whole foods and nutrients.
- Undergo liver enzyme tests: If you have a fatty liver disease it is recommended to do liver enzyme tests.
- Avoid receiving live virus vaccines: The recipients of a liver transplantation should not receive live virus vaccines.
- Pregnancy precaution: Women who had a liver transplant should avoid pregnancy for a year after the transplantation. Also, when they give a birth, they should avoid breastfeeding because of the possible risk of the baby to immunosuppressive medicines in the milk.
Other natural remedies which are very useful in the treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are carnitine, green tea, betaine, folic acid, choline, vitamin E, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, papaya, grape seed extract, vitamin D3, ginger, pine bark extract, cascara sagrada, barberry, goldenseal, and southern ginseng.