Being 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
- 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.