It’s not your imagination. Americans ARE getting bigger.
And unfortunately so are our livers.
In fact, the number of cases of fatty liver disease has exploded in the last decade.
And the truth is this dangerous condition can affect any one of us. And yes, that even INCLUDES the thinner folks.
But if you’re the owner of a plump liver, don’t be too hard on yourself.
It’s true that diet is often a big factor in the development of the disease. But let’s face it, it’s far from obvious what a “good” diet even is these days.
There’s so much conflicting advice it’s easy to be confused.
And the typical, run-of-the-mill Western diet… the way probably you and most folks you know eat… can send your fatty liver disease risk through the roof.
Diabetes and obesity—both of which are on the rise too—are risk factors as well.
Plus, experts say common chemicals we’re exposed to all the time, such as PCBs, could play a role in liver disease too.
Fight liver disease WITHOUT drugs
Which is why having a pudgy liver… officially known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD… is becoming more common every day.
If ignored, NAFLD can lead to liver inflammation and eventually develop into the far more serious liver disease non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).
But a new trial has revealed a novel way we can fight back against NAFLD.
And it doesn’t require an extreme diet or an expensive, heavy-duty drug.
In fact, it’s a natural approach using something you might already have in your own kitchen.
Could 80 mg of curcumin turn things around?
Researchers recruited 84 overweight folks with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease for the new study.
The volunteers were randomly assigned to one of two groups with the researchers only controlling for sex to make sure men and women were evenly represented in both.
Group One received a 40 mg capsule of curcumin at breakfast. And then another 40 mg capsule with dinner. While Group Two received look-alike placebos.
Everyone answered a general questionnaire at the start of the study. Plus, a physical activity assessment was done.
To get a better idea of their diet habits participants were asked to report in detail on what they had eaten over a 24-hour period at the beginning, middle, and end of the trial.
Plus, researchers ran a variety of tests to access everyone’s health at the start and end of the study including blood pressure, fasting blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and fatty liver measurements.
Curcumin REVERSED fatty liver disease
For three months the volunteers swallowed their daily dose of either the curcumin or placebo supplements. And then the researchers ran some final tests.
Remarkably the simple addition of curcumin, an extract from the bright yellow spice turmeric, turned out to have a significant impact.
The folks in Group One had an increase in high-density lipoprotein or so-called “good” cholesterol.
HDL helps to remove other types of potentially harmful cholesterol from your bloodstream. And higher levels of HDL are linked to a lower risk of heart disease.
But the benefits didn’t end there.
The average waist size in the curcumin group shrunk. Plus, the curcumin drove down liver inflammation.
And perhaps most exciting of all, the folks in the curcumin group had a DECREASE in the fat accumulation in their livers.
In other words, the spice extract had literally started to REVERSE their liver disease.
Curcumin is available anywhere supplements are sold. Look for one that contains piperine. This black pepper extract has been shown to help with absorption, so you get the most from your supplement.
And to further mimic the results of the study you may want to look for a nano-curcumin which is designed to be even more bioavailable.
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