by Heidi Stevenson
Liver scarring is associated with consumption of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), according to a study at Duke University. The condition, dubbed non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), is present in about 30% of all American adults. Until recently, it was considered rare.
Fatty liver disease, whether alcohol-related or not, is a dangerous condition that indicates an overworked and damaged liver. It can lead to cirrhosis, hepatitis, liver cancer, and liver failure.
Manal Abdelmalek, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Duke University Medical Center, led the study’s research team. They analyzed questionnaires given to 427 adults after liver biopsies showing NAFLD. The questionnaires asked about their consumption of fructose-containing beverages. They found a correlation between severity of disease and amount of HFCS consumption. (more…)
Fatty liver disease used to be associated with alcoholism, but it is no longer restricted to heavy drinkers. Our calorie-rich but nutrient-poor diet has led to an epidemic of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) that tracks our rising obesity and diabetes rates (1). Autopsies and ultrasound studies have shown that up to 75% of the obese and 70-85% of type 2 diabetics have fatty livers. And the low-profile but essential nutrient choline appears to provide the solution to the problem (1, 2). (more…)
New research just published in the journal Clinical Nutrition concludes supplementing the diet with whey protein could be a powerful natural way to reduce the risk of both fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease.
After just four weeks of adding whey protein to meals, key markers of blood fats in research subjects improved dramatically. That, the team of Swiss scientists noted, means whey protein could reduce the risk of heart disease.
In addition, the whey protein supplementation significantly lowered the amount of fat inside the liver cells of obese women. What makes this finding so important is that it strongly suggests whey protein may be a way to fight liver disease, too. (more…)
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA, thioctic acid, pyruvate oxidation factor) was first discovered by bacteriologist Irwin C. Gunsalus in 1948 when he observed that aerobic (oxygen-requiring) bacteria could not grow without it. Later, Gunsalus and Lester Reed determined the true structure and named it ALA (1951). ALA is a natural substance, produced in every higher-type cell, and it has many functions. Probably most importantly, ALA is the rate-limiting factor for the production of energy from carbohydrates (pyruvate). Without ALA, you could not obtain energy from the food you eat, and you could not stay alive. (more…)