Just Diagnosed with Fatty Liver? Dr. Hyman Says Sugar, Not Fat, is Your Enemy!

 


If you’re having concerns about the health of your liver, it might be time to kick your nasty sugar habit to the curb. Dr. Mark Hyman explains the dangers of fatty liver, and how sugar, rather than fat, may indeed be the primary culprit. Here’s all you need to know about fatty liver and, to top it off, a customized list of 7 life-changing tips for switching up your diet and lifestyle to heal or prevent this dangerous disease.

“My doctor says I have a fatty liver and I should stay away from fat,” writes this week’s house call.” Is fat really the problem, though? In reality, not so much.

Fatty liver is a dangerous yet misunderstood disease, so your doctor’s concerns are valid. Ninety million Americans (and 17% of children in America) are living with fatty liver. If you’re pigging out on sugar and starch, you’re likely self inflicting fatty liver. Fatty liver literally means your liver fills with fat. This in turn ramps up inflammation, and as a result, vastly increases your risk for developing a multitude of chronic diseases.

However, it’s not fat you need to stay away from-it’s carbohydrates. Interestingly enough, research shows that carbohydrates (and not fat) are to blame for increasing the amount of fat that accumulates in your belly and liver. This may come as a shock to you, but let me explain why this is the case. Sugar is essentially a switch that triggers fat production in your liver (a natural process called lipogenesis). Therefore, our normal response to sugar consumption is liver lipogenesis.

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Whey Protein Improves Fatty Liver and Lowers Cholesterol

Obese nondiabetic women who consumed 60 grams of whey protein per day1 (20 grams three times per day) for four weeks had a 20 percent reduction in unhealthy liver fat, 15 percent reduction in triglycerides, and seven percent reduction in total cholesterol.

Fatty liver is a major health problem in overweight individuals. Once white adipose tissue has too much in storage, excess fat builds up in the liver, and eventually in arteries and organs. I call this “fat in all the wrong places.” The liver is the primary metabolic factory in your body. Once it starts becoming clogged with fat, metabolism goes awry at the primary point of calorie distribution for your body. This causes many problems, including a higher risk for cardiovascular disease.

Your liver factory runs on protein as a raw material. It is astounding that 60 grams of whey protein per day can unclog liver fat, reducing the buildup by 20 percent in just four weeks. As would be expected, improved liver health enables better triglyceride and cholesterol metabolism, which will not only help weight loss but is also protective to the cardiovascular system.

The program used in this study is similar to my program for helping people jump-start their weight loss. I have seen this help many people over the years. I wrote about this basic strategy three years ago in Protein and Fiber – the Foundation for Healthy Weight Loss. You may want to give it a try if you are feeling sluggish, stuck, or struggle to get on a good weight loss trend.

http://www.wellnessresources.com/weight/articles/whey_protein_improves_fatty_liver_while_lowering_cholesterol/

Why Turmeric May Be the Diseased Liver’s Best Friend

 

Why Turmeric May Be the Diseased Liver's Best Friend

You know turmeric has health benefits, most notably reducing inflammation, but did you know it may also protect and heal the damaged and diseased liver?

A new clinical trial published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine is shedding light on turmeric’s remarkable liver protective and regenerative properties.[1]

South Korean researchers at the Clinical Trial Center for Functional Foods, Chonbuk National University Hospital, tested their hypothesis that turmeric may improve liver function by administering a fermented form to subjects, 20 years old and above, who were diagnosed mild to moderate elevated alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels, a maker for liver damage and/or dysfunction.

Sixty subjects were randomized to receive 3.0 g per fermented turmeric powder (FTP) or placebo 3.0 g per day for 12 weeks. The treatment group received two capsules of FTP three times a day after meals, for 12 weeks.

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Is This the Most Under-Estimated Herb of All Time?

13th May 2013

By John Phillip

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The liver and brain are two metabolically active organs that are under constant attack from disease promoting free radicals. Elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels combined with blood glucose abnormalities and obesity cause damage to the cellular matrix of the liver and brain that worsen with time.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects an estimated 20 to 40% of adults in Western society and dementia can touch nearly half of those reaching their 85th birthday. Silymarin is the active compound found naturally in milk thistle that is shown to provide a significant degree of protection against NAFLD and abnormal brain aging. (more…)

Lipoic Acid Helps Prevent Fatty Liver

One of the primary health problems in gaining weight is that a person can gain too much.  When that happens, excess fat starts getting deposited in all the wrong places, beginning with your liver.  Lipoic acid is a nutrient highly protective to you liver, both in terms of toxin defense and metabolic improvement.  A new study shows that lipoic acid is a potent nutrient to help prevent and correct a fatty liver. (more…)

Does Green Tea Protect Against Fatty Liver Disease?

Nutrition Reviews just published a review that I wrote with my doctoral advisor on the potential of green tea to prevent or reverse nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.  Nutrition Reviews is a widely cited journal, ranking ninth out of 70 nutrition and dietetics journals.  The review is indexed for pubmed here, and if you’d like to read it you’re in luck: the journal has decided to make the entire January issue available for free, so you can download the full text here: (more…)

Lipoic Acid : Slow Aging and Repair Damage

Step by step researchers are documenting that lipoic acid protects every organ in the human body. The latest findings are that lipoic acid offers powerful protector against diabetic polyneuropathy and nephropathy (peripheral nerve disease and kidney disease resulting from damage to small blood vessels). It is also a great defender of brain tissue, and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and neuro-protective capabilities that make if effective in slowing the aging of the brain and treating Alzheimer’s disease. Other recent research shows that lipoic acid prevents the development and progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and protects retina ganglion against glaucoma. (more…)