Yes, the individuals who have taken so much alcohol are at higher risk of developing alcoholic liver disease but this also may happen to those who did not take too much alcohol. This condition is called non- alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
This is condition, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in which the liver is inflamed and it may result in cirrhosis and end- stage liver disease.
At least 20% of the population in USA according to statistics is affected with NAFLD and 2-3% by NASH. In cases of NAFLD there are no huge symptoms, except weight loss, fatigue, malaise and pain in the upper right abdomen.
Fat accumulation in the liver is the main reason for occurrence of NAFLD. It is not resulted from alcohol and can be attributed to malnutrition, rapid weight loss, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, diabetes, hepatitis and certain medications like corticosteroids, tetracycline, aminodarone, aspirin, diltiazem and antiviral drugs.
Treatments that are used for NASH and NAFLD also tend to eliminate the causes like weight loss, diabetes control and use of drugs.
There are beneficial natural treatments that give excellent effects to liver while the treatments from drugs are shown as inefficient. Here are excellent remedies for non- alcoholic fatty liver disease:
1.Diet with low glycemic index – In one study which was published in the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology, 2008 was declared that sugar contributes to NAFLD and 80% of the patients with it consumed adequate amounts of soft drinks, juices which was translated to 12 teaspoons of sugar.
Apples, eggs, onions, garlic, pears, legumes, broccoli, artichokes, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots and green leafy vegetables are with low GI index and you should start consuming them.
2.Exercise – Also, according to one study published in the Journal of Hepatology in 2012, was declared that exercise can be quite effective therapy for NAFLD. For effective treat of this disease, you will need 40 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic activity for 5 days. It will balance enzyme values and enhance the quality of liver.
3.Flaxseed – Phyto- constituents which are present in flaxseed inhibits the harmful hormones which strain the liver. One combination was published by the journal Lipids in Health and Disease in 2013, the mixture of alpha- lipic acid and flaxseed oil improved the function of liver and prevented fat accumulation and stress.
To maintain the freshness of flaxseed oil and to avoid rancidity grid the flaxseed by using coffee grinder.
4.Dandelion – Food and Chemical Toxicology published a study in which according to them the dandelion leaf extract can treat obesity related with NAFLD. It can minimize the fat accumulation in liver and lower insulin resistance. Just add a teaspoon of dandelion in a cup of boiling water and cover it for 10 minutes. Strain and drink after this for 3 times every day for 3 weeks.
5.Cilantro – Excellent herbal treatment is represented by cilantro or coriander. It is abundant in antioxidants and also has antihyperglycemic effects which are very powerful. It is excellent about different liver complications and related NAFLD conditions like diabetes.
6.Amla or Indian gooseberry – This herb is well known in the Ayurvedic medicine. It has powerful rejuvenating effects and is beneficial in treating diabetes and liver disease.
Its antioxidants, vitamin C, allgic acid, gallotannin, gallic acid and corilagin promote liver’s function. It is quite beneficial against the common symptom of NASH, hepatotoxin- induced liver inflammation.
7.Milk thistle – When it comes to averting NAFLD and for improvement of the liver Milk thistle is considered to be among one of the most effective herbal remedies. It prevents liver damage and its flavonoids detoxify the body and elevate glutathione levels in the liver. In the case of NAFLD, glutathione is vital component for low liver function.
8.Licorice root – This is quite effective in treating NAFLD. Pour boiling water over 1 teaspoon of licorice root powder. Before straining leave it for 10 minutes. Take from it 1-2 times daily.
9.Cinnamon –According to study which was published by Nutritional Research in 2014, by consuming 1,500 milligrams of cinnamon daily the NAFLD can be improved. Also, cinnamon is considered as warming herb which improves digestion and liver condition.
10.Turmeric – Turmeric has its active component curcumin which, treats effectively diseases of liver and jaundice. It reduces inflammation, oxidative stress and improves insulin sensitivity.
Also, changes the fat metabolism. Liver injuries and NAFLD condition can also be mitigated by it. Add it to your meals or use it as tea. It perfectly fights against liver cancer and liver fibrosis.
Additional tips for preventing liver disease and which also can be useful in case of liver transplant:
-Consume nutrient- rich foods in order to boost your immune system and avert liver disease, reduce your intake of saturated fat.
-If you are suffering from the non- alcoholic version of the disease, avoid alcohol.
-Corn syrup or any other processed foods with high fructose ingredients should be avoided due to their harmful effects. Also they can cause gout, liver damage and high blood pressure.
-Harmful drugs can damage your liver so avoid them also.
-If you had liver transplant avoid pregnancy for at least 1 year after it. Breastfeeding should also be voided due to possible risks of the baby being exposed to immune suppressive medications which will come through the milk.
-If you have fatty liver disease go on tests for liver enzyme.
-If you had liver transplant do not receive any virus vaccines.
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