Jul 012013
 

cure-fatty-liver-3Being diagnosed with Fatty Liver Disease isn’t a good thing, but if you take the necessary steps, you can reverse this condition with some simple lifestyle changes.

In this, Step 3, we talk about a few well chosen natural herbs and supplements, such as vitamins and minerals known to be liver friendly.

People have been turning to homeopathic healing aids such as herbs and natural supplements for centuries. Nowadays, we are seeing an increasing number of folks who are disenchanted with conventional modern medicine and its long list of prescription drugs for every imaginable condition.

While it can’t be argued that there are some health problems and diseases that require the use of prescription drugs, there are many that don’t – they can be successfully treated with safe, natural remedies and the occasional liver cleanse.

Science is finally starting to catch up, with tests and controlled studies validating the effectiveness of several herbs used for centuries.

Vitamins and Minerals for Fatty Liver Disease

Vitamins and minerals play an important part in your overall health and wellness, and can be exceedingly helpful in liver health.

Here are some of them:

  • B Vitamins – B vitamins are your liver’s helping hands when it comes to detoxification of harmful substances in your body. Your body requires B vitamins for such jobs as breaking down bile in the liver that aids in digestion, as well as breaking down cholesterol.
  • Zinc – This mineral serves many useful purposes in your body, including healing wounds and normal clotting of blood. It also helps to neutralize harmful free radicals and can be a helpmate to the liver if it is compromised due to damage or disease, by strengthening the immune system. It is especially handy if your liver is overworked and unable to function at its optimal efficiency.
  • Antioxidants – Both Vitamin E and C are natural antioxidants that aid in healthy tissue repair and fight infection. They are believe to stop damage caused by free radicals and to help your liver perform its detoxifying role.
  • Choline – Choline, a B Vitamin, is an essential nutrient that transports fats from the liver. Recent studies such as this one suggests that a lot of fatty liver cases are caused by choline-deficiency. Choline-rich foods include egg yolks, beef liver and peanuts.

If you have Fatty Liver Disease and want to reverse it, or simply want to practice preventive care to keep your liver healthy, you should consider adding these vitamins and minerals to your daily diet.

Liver Friendly Herbs

Along with vitamins and minerals, there are several herbs that have long been believed to aid in liver health and function. These include:

  • White Byrony
  • Dandelion
  • Milk Thistle
  • Chelidonium Majus

Each of these herbal remedies can help you achieve and maintain healthy liver function and assist in reversing Fatty Liver Disease. You can also try a detox spray that you conveniently spray under your tongue a few times a day to deliver the liquid extracts of these herbs.

Herbs to Avoid If Your Liver Has Been Compromised

Be aware that all herbs are not liver friendly. In fact, some are unfriendly and downright hostile to liver health. When your liver is compromised, a lot of previously safe and ordinary ingredients are suddenly suspicious.

Here’s a list of some popular herbs to avoid if your liver is already damaged:

  • Mistletoe – mixed results, but may damage the liver if improperly taken
  • Yerba Mate – can lead to liver cancer if consumed in large quantities
  • Peppermint and products containing Methol – can be used as a liver detoxifier, but large quantities (especially in oil form) is too aggressive, causing dangerously elevated liver enzymes
  • Valerian – possibly toxic to the liver in large quantities
  • Nutmeg – Contains trimyristin, a saturated fat that contributes to fatty liver disease.
  • Pennyroyal – highly toxic to the liver and kidneys
  • Sassafras – studies in the 1960’s linked this herb to liver cancer in laboratory rats, and it was banned by the FDA until 1994
  • Kava root – linked to liver damage, except when prepared as a traditional tea

If you are diabetic, you should definitely check with your doctor before adding any herbs, extra vitamins, minerals, or supplements to your diet.

Using the appropriate herbs, vitamins and minerals can be therapeutic for those suffering from liver problems. Along with proper diet and exercise, they can be part of a healthy prevention regime for anyone who wants to keep their liver operating at its full capacity.

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  29 Responses to “Step 3: Vitamins, Minerals & Herbs”

  1. Is there a milk thistle in the Philippines or anywhere in Asia? I don’t want to buy the capsules. I want the natural one. Thanks!

    • You could buy the seeds and grow milk thistle yourself. I used capsules, as the extract is specially prepared … though, of course, you have to do your research on the company to make sure its organic and done properly!

    • what I do with capsules, is empty them into a high protein smoothie, you cant taste them but they offer great benefils. So think of the capsules as being powder.

    • You can buy the organic bulk seeds online. Just grind them and add it to food. It’s much less expensive than capsules and you have better control over the quality,

  2. Question: Just diagnosed with fatty liver, and I definitely can lose some weight – so, this is a great reason to start.

    However, you mention this in your Step 3: Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs –

    “Choline – Choline, a B Vitamin, is an essential nutrient that transports fats from the liver. Recent studies such as this one suggests that a lot of fatty liver cases are caused by choline-deficiency. Choline-rich foods include [b]egg yolks, beef liver and peanuts.[/b]”

    Aren’t peanuts high in fat and something to avoid? I eat peanuts like crazy now… and I just looked at my jar of ‘Dry Roasted Peanuts’….. a serving size has 160 calories [b]with 120 calories of that from fat.[/b]

    So, is that really good advice? Please give me the lowdown on that…. thanks.

    • Yes, peanuts have unsaturated or “good” fats, and are definitely helpful. But, like everything, eat in moderation, and as part of your overall diet. Don’t eat the whole jar in one sitting!

  3. Question: Just diagnosed with fatty liver, and I definitely can lose some weight – so, this is a great reason to start.

    However, you mention this in your Step 3: Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs –

    “Choline – Choline, a B Vitamin, is an essential nutrient that transports fats from the liver. Recent studies such as this one suggests that a lot of fatty liver cases are caused by choline-deficiency. Choline-rich foods include egg yolks, beef liver and peanuts.

    Aren’t peanuts high in fat and something to avoid? I eat peanuts like crazy now… and I just looked at my jar of ‘Dry Roasted Peanuts’….. a serving size has 160 calories with 120 calories of that from fat.

    So, is that really good advice? Please give me the lowdown on that…. thanks.

  4. I have high liver enzymes 780 & the Gasterenterologist wants more blood work..A very little hepatitis B.. Need diet & herbs I can take in & cleanse?

  5. If I drink detox tea will it interfere with my pain meds I am on thank you

  6. I have alot of pain in my liver plus bloating> what is the best thing I can do, also what can I take for pain which I have alot of in my low back and hip?

    • I’m not a doctor, but I’m thinking the findings on that lesion may give you a clue as to what’s going on. If there’s liver damage for any reason, 1. it can take time for healing to occur. 2. the doctor should address that reason (and I am sure s/he will). Hang in there and let us know how things turn out.

  7. I am diagnosed with fatty liver disease just recently and i read in your article that YERBA MATE may lead to liver cancer if taken in large amount.

    Question:
    How much intake of large amount do you mean? Since I am drinking coffee with yerba mate atleast once a day for over 4 months now. Appreciate if you could help me with this matter. Thank you.

    • There’s no definite connection yet, but “large quantities” sounds like about 1 liter (4 cups) per day, so a cup a day should definitely be fine.

    • When you hear phrases like ‘yerba mate may lead to liver cancer if taken in large amounts’ you can pretty much bet it is based on a researcher force feeding rats large quantities of isolated compounds found in yerba mate, leading to cancer. To know what is safe, look at how much native yerba mate drinkers consume. The native populations that have been drinking this for thousands of years will know more than scientists feeding it to lab animals under unnatural conditions

  8. Is there a certain recommended amount of each vitamin suggested to be taken daily for fatty liver? Thank you for your help

    • Hi Tina, this is generally dependent upon several things, including your age, weight, and other medical considerations you may have. I started with the RDA for each where one was available, and the minimum suggested dose for my herbals and tweaked from there. Good luck.

      • Greg, Ive just been diagnosed with fatty liver, Iv’e just had my gall bladder out, it was crammed full with 20 large rocks and the surgeon said my liver was hugely swollen, tight capsule and severely bruised. Ive never had alcohol, drugs or poisons. BUT it may be helpful for people to know that a SUGAR FREE, LOW FAT and DAIRY FREE diet will go a long way in reversing the damage. Im also taking St.Marys Thistle and Im presently one week post op and all the swelling has gone, I dont even feel like Iv’e had an operation. SUGAR IS THE PROBLEM, I had massive cravings and its killing me to stop cold turkey, but its all reversing

        • Thank you for sharing your experience, Judy. Not every dietary plan works for every person or every case. Each individual should check with his/her doctor for restrictions. I myself reversed my NAFLD while eating dairy. Some people are intolerant of dairy or may have other intolerances. I am happy you are healthy now!

  9. My husband has just been diagnosed with fatty liver. I just read that peppermint in high doses can be bad for the liver. I purchased some Peppermint Essential Oil to use in a diffuser for his stopped up nose and sinuses at night. He doesn’t ingest it but can this be hurting him?

    • This is really a question for your doctor.

    • Hi!

      Perhaps you could switch to a different non-menthol containing alternative, such as eucalyptus or wintergreen oil, or perhaps camphor– with a physician’s imprimatur, of course!

  10. Hi Greg, Ive been recently diagnosed with fatty liver.. I’m 28, 60 kls..mother of 3.my sgpt is quite high 639.. I’m so worried about my health cause I’m too young.. I don’t know what grade it is, feeling nausea sometimes, pain at my back also under my ribs… My doctor prescribe meds. I’m curious about fatty liver so I research then I found your article.

    Questions: how can you help me? Or can you advice what’s the best remedy? Is it ok to continue my medicine? Thanks!

    • Hello there. Have you downloaded the free ebook? I am concerned as you say you have significant pain. What does your doctor have to say about that? You will also want to get a hold of your test results to have on file.

  11. HOW BLESSED WONDERFUL THAT YOU CHOSE TO ANSWER SOME QUESTIONS FOR US.
    MY QUESTION IS — IS TERMERIC/CURCUMIN BAD FOR A FATTY LIVER?
    GOD BLESS YOU WITH ALL YOU DO FOR PEOPLE WHO
    LOOK TO YOU FOR YOUR WISDOM……
    cathy

    • Turmeric may have a positive effect on liver health in some individuals. There is a study referenced in this article. Check it out (take all articles with a grain of salt; always look for peer-reviewed studies).

  12. I now have fatty tissue liver disease and had my appendixes and gallbladder removed it has not go any better with vitamins. I watch my diet but I will be going to the doctor again and have been seeing a gastro doctor and been through so many tests. I am having pain alot and off in on. I pray this will end. Thank you and for the rest of us. Chris 😃

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