It’s dangerous. Left untreated it can become deadly. And it’s often symptomless until it’s too late.
I’m talking about nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD.
Some 100 million American’s are battling the condition right NOW. Which means it’s the most hazardous epidemic that you probably never even knew existed.
Many folks who have NAFLD have no idea they’re ill. In fact, you could even be in the early stages of the disease yourself and not know it.
This is especially true if you’re overweight or have type 2 diabetes, both of which send your risk skyrocketing.
And as your waistline grows, so does your risk for a plump liver.
Veggie extract helps undo diet damage
But Swedish researchers may have uncovered a way to build a protective wall around your liver, keeping the fat out.
And this simple little diet trick is SO powerful it could even help stop nonalcoholic fatty liver disease dead in its tracks.
That means your liver stays slim, trim, and healthy even when your diet strays from the straight and narrow from time to time.
Nitrates fight fatty liver disease
The researchers fed mice a typical Western diet filled with far too many junk fats and simple sugars. And as expected, their weight ballooned.
Plus they built up the mice equivalent of belly fat. Which may be cute on a chubby little mouse, but not so much on us.
ALL of the mice should have been well on their way to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, too. But they weren’t. Because one group of the rodents which received a little extra something in their chow dodged that bullet.
The little guys who had their diet supplemented with inorganic nitrate—a nutrient found naturally in many leafy green veggies—had FAR less fat buildup in their livers.
Nitrates bring MORE benefits to the table
Sure, you’re no lab mouse. But the researchers say the chances are excellent it could work for us too.
In fact, they confirmed their results in not one, but two, different cell culture studies in HUMAN liver cells.
But the nitrate benefits didn’t end with protection against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
The mice which received the supplement ALSO had a healthy drop in their blood pressures. And those with type 2 diabetes had improvements in blood sugar, as well.
Earlier studies found that dietary nitrates could bump up fuel production in your cells. Which means they can help give you the energy you need to power through your day.
Reduce risk for heart disease, diabetes, & NAFLD
And we even have an idea of how it works.
Free radicals are simple molecules with an electron missing. They bounce around our bodies searching for an electron to steal. When they find one and swipe it, they leave damage in their wake.
In small quantities, this process isn’t a problem. But when there are far more free radicals then antioxidants it leads to what scientists call oxidative stress.
The researchers believe oxidative stress makes it more difficult for nitric oxide to do its job efficiently. And it’s the common thread between heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
But when you stock up on nitrates, you’re providing your body with the raw materials it needs to produce MORE nitric oxide. And that means it could help slash symptoms of all three conditions.
That’s a big payoff for just munching on more leafy greens such as arugula, celery, cress, butter lettuce, and spinach. Make some of those greens parsley, and you’ll be loading up on PQQ, a powerful antioxidant which scientists say can help us head off a fatty liver too.
Not a big fan of greens? No problem, beets, carrots, and turnips are good sources of nitrates too. And nitrate supplements are available as well.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
Follow Alice and HealthierTalk on Twitter and Facebook.
Latest posts by Alice Jacob (see all)
- The strange way insomnia sends Alzheimer’s risk soaring - January 22, 2019
- 90% of store receipts contain this killer chemical - January 21, 2019
- DANGER: Cancer-linked chemical discovered in dental floss - January 21, 2019