Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease has become so common that now almost one of five adults in U.S suffers from the condition and many of them do not even know that there is such a disease, not to mention the dire consequences it can bring.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a condition in which fatty deposits accumulate in the liver. It occurs when the liver has problems breaking down fats, causing them to accumulate in the liver tissue. Over time, this accumulation of fat will cause the entire liver to enlarge and the liver cells may end up being replaced by scar tissue, a condition called cirrhosis of the liver. With this condition, the liver cannot function properly and this can trigger liver failure, including liver cancer. Therefore, the most important thing is to know if you suffer from "fatty liver" and if so, start immediately with proper treatment.

What is the Best Natural Treatment for Fatty Liver?

The following are measures you can take to get rid of fatty liver naturally:

Decrease in Sugar, Especially Fructose

Clinical studies showed that reducing sugar intake, especially the one found in the form of high fructose corn syrup, is imperative for the treatment of fatty liver. Reducing the refined and processed carbohydrates, for example foods made with white wheat flour, is also useful. In general, it has been found that people with fatty liver disease, as a rule, have nutritional deficiencies even though they eat large quantities and enjoy too many calories. In addition, fatty liver needs an extra amount of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients for the excessive damage that occurs to the liver cells. For this reason, it is essential eating more fruits and vegetables, which are the foods richest in antioxidants and phytonutrients that fight inflammation.

Extract of Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum (L.)

Certain supplements have also been studied and have been determined to be effective for the treatment of the fatty liver. Milk thistle extract contains a medicinal compound known as silymarin, known for its ability to help healing the liver. It has been determined that silymarin can protect the liver from free radicals, which increases the concentration of the most powerful antioxidants in the body: glutathione and superoxide dismutase. It also stimulates the synthesis of proteins, which results in the regeneration of liver cells and promotes the formation of new liver tissue. It is important to use a standardized milk thistle extract that contains 80% silymarin and take at least 175 mg twice a day.

Vitamin E

Another natural supplement, effective for the treatment of the fatty liver is vitamin E. In a large-scale clinical trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine, patients with fatty liver condition, treated with vitamin E supplements, showed significant improvement both in the accumulation of fat in the liver, inflammation and enlargement of the liver. As a result, a significant number of patients recovered from their disease. The participants took 800 IU per day of vitamin E in the form of alpha-tocopherol.

D-limonene

D-limonene is a compound of essential oils extracted from citrus peels. It is a great treatment for the liver that prevents insulin resistance (pre-diabetes and diabetes).

Lifestyle Changes

The initial objective should be oriented to the modification of habits and lifestyle. The gradual loss of weight causes a decrease in adipose tissue, which in turn improves insulin sensitivity. Exercise also improves insulin resistance, so experts recommend at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 3 to 5 times per week. In severely obese patients (Body mass index > 35 kg/m2), bariatric surgery is associated with long-term improvement of diabetes, hypertriglyceridemia (high levels of triglycerides) and high blood pressure so it may also seem an option. It is important to note that the weight reduction must be controlled, not exceeding 1.5 kg per week.

If the fat continues to accumulate, over time, inflammation, scarring and cirrhosis can develop, causing the liver to lose all its ability to function.

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, MD,FFARCSI

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Last Modified On: June 28, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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