Natural Cures for a Fatty Liver

Aug 19, 2014

Hearing the term “fatty liver” is often confusing and even frightening, especially if you haven’t had other health issues. While fatty liver is a complex condition, it typically can be treated with minimal medical treatments and supportive natural remedies. If you have been diagnosed with fatty liver disease, you should consider making dietary and lifestyle changes as well as incorporating nutritional supplements, like milk thistle, lipotropics, vitamin E, and turmeric, in your diet.

What Is a Fatty Liver?

If you are just hearing the diagnosis “fatty liver,” you may be wondering what it means. While it may seem that the condition refers to an organ that has been inundated by greasy or fatty foods and has “picked up a bit of weight,” the issue is a little more complex than that. The condition “fatty liver” is a term used to describe an individual whose liver has accumulated excess fat for one reason or another.

The condition is actually relatively common and causes few to no symptoms in many people with the condition. However, in some cases this state of the liver causes inflammation and scarring of the liver itself. Fatigue, pain in the upper right abdomen, and weight loss are other common symptoms.

What Causes Fatty Liver?

According to the LiverCleansing-Diet.org, there are two basic forms of fatty liver: (1.) non-alcoholic fatty liver and (2.) alcoholic fatty liver. If your condition is classified as non-alcoholic, it is caused by your liver’s inability to appropriately and effectively break down the fats in your body, which leads to build up in your liver tissue. If the condition is the alcoholic form, the illness is caused by drinking too much alcohol, which leads to liver toxicity from the toxins in alcohol. Other common causes of this form of fatty liver include being overweight, having a poor diet, getting too much iron in your diet, and having hepatitis C.

Is There Any Treatment for Fatty Liver Disease?

While many individuals never know they even have this liver condition, it is important to be under a doctor’s care if you do. A doctor can determine the severity of your condition as well as help determine if there is inflammation or the potential for scarring in association with the condition. Even so, there are no drugs or surgery to cure fatty liver; however, there are a number of dietary and nutritional treatments that you can use. According to Dr. Weil and a number of other established physicians, a few of the best treatments for fatty liver include milk thistle, lipotropics, vitamin E, and turmeric. Additionally, adopting a more balanced diet and being active can also help treat the condition.

1. Milk Thistle

The University of Maryland Medical Center lists milk thistle as an effective remedy for a number of issues related to your liver and gallbladder. This herb contains a flavonoid known as silymarin that helps protect your liver cells from toxins. Milk thistle is also known for restoring damaged cells and reducing inflammation. You can use this remedy in the form of tea, liquid extract, tincture, or capsule.

2. Lipotropics

According to LiveStrong.com, lipotropics are another effective treatment for fatty liver disease. These compounds are complex nutrients that promote the metabolism of fat in your body. This process also helps detox your liver and remove buildup of excess fats in your body. Some of the most effective lipotropic nutrients are choline, methionine, and betaine, which you can typically find in capsule or supplement form.

3. Vitamin E

A known antioxidant, vitamin E also treats the condition. This nutrient helps protect your body from free radical damage, supports your immune system, and prevents more serious complications, like fibrosis and cirrhosis.

4. Turmeric

Research suggests that turmeric is effective for treating fatty liver because of its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You can use this remedy as a spice for your food or in the form of a capsule or tincture.

These treatments in conjunction with dietary changes should help you cleanse your liver and support more effective fat metabolism throughout your body. Look for more remedies below from Earth Clinic readers or add one of your own suggestions to our catalog.

References:
www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease/basics/definition/con-20027761
www.webmd.com/hepatitis/fatty-liver-disease
www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400114/Fighting-Fatty-Liver.html
www.livercleansing-diet.org/fatty-liver-diet/
/www.livestrong.com/article/300181-natural-remedies-to-heal-a-fatty-liver/



Artichoke  

Posted by Lou (Tyler, Tx) on 10/14/2012

I had fatty liver disease. From what I've read, it is caused by small cholesterol particles. Avoid white death by cutting out flour, sugar, rice and potatoes. Eat one ingredient foods. My pharmacist recommended milk thistle with artichokes. The artichokes scrub the liver clean! I also ordered salads with artichokes at restaurants. I've tried chlorella too, and it works well. Has anyone tried bentonite clay for detoxing topically? I read that if you do it three times and let it dry after bathing, it does a thorough detox. I did get my lip color back after I did a bentonite clay 'spa' detox. I have vitiligo, although, my hair is still dark (on arms, legs, etc.).

Replied by Ed2010
Oakville, Canada
10/14/2012

Artichoke is very good for Liver. For fatty liver disease, drink Carrot Juice 200 ml a day, will cleanse the liver even without your knowing.

Replied by Chris
Sydney, Nsw, Australia
10/15/2012

I agree! Would be great if you could share the Dr & protocol they used here. Sounds great.


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Posted by Tammy (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) on 07/19/2014
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CURE FOR FATTY LIVER

About 2005 I was a manager for GNC and my mom was putting off a total knee replacement as her first one was a horrific experience (She had her first many, many years ago and they have come a long way since). She was taking pain medication that contained a lot of acetaminophen and well above the reccommended doses as she was in extreme pain with every step. Natrually, I was extremely concerned about liver failure. I searched and searched and found that grape seed extract is the only known substance that carries acetaminophen out of the liver. I think it has to be a high dose of something like 1000 mg. a day.

At this same time her primary doctor found many fatty tumors on her liver on a routine test. On her 6 month x-ray recheck, to our supprise over half of the tumers were gone, my mom explained she was on the grape seed and he replied that only strict diet and cholesterol med would help this. When she went for her yearly follow up, all the tumors were gone and both at her 6 month and yearly check up, her liver function lab test were completely normal. She also took CLA supplements with Relacore for weight loss but only started that about four and half months into all this, don't think it had anything to do with either of the results. However, she did loose 55 lbs with it and she still continues to take grape seed today but at a lower dose.

She swears it not only cured her liver but kept her heart in good shape as that is what grape seed is known for. She was a heavy smoker for 35 years and her heart is in great shape to this day, not even a chest pain. Unfortunately, she worked in the coal mines for 15 years and has been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis which is what has brought me to this web site. I am going to try some of the therapies suggested here and pray alot! I'm an only child and lost my dad (best friend) under severely tragic conditions in 2007 which has left me severly scarred and diagnosed with severe depression and ptsd (post tramatic stress disorder). I hope my info can help someone as I hope and prey some of these therapies will help my mom. Pay it forward. I'll keep her progress posted as she is going to try oil pulling, H2O2 therapy, aloe vera oil, and the 5 bottle pulmonary fibrosis package from Pivot health.

I'm hanging on desperately!!!

Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
07/19/2014

Hi Tammy - First, thank you for the information about grape seed extract for fatty liver disease.

Regarding pulmonary fibrosis, there has been very promising results using systemic enzymes (notably serrapeptase). You mentioned that your mom will be taking a product from Pivot Health. I hope that includes enzyme therapy. If not, you may want to look into serrapeptase and nattokinase.

I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved father. He is still with you in spirit and in your heart. Best of luck to you and your Mom. Take care, Bess

Replied by Timh
KY
07/20/2014

Tammy: Glad to see some good results and hoping you the best in recovery.

If I might add, it seems odd you didn't find NAC recommended for acetaminophen detox. I mention NAC in particular as it boost the body's Glutathione levels. PF is known to inhibit Glutathione production which in turn can cause toxicity problems as well as fatty liver.

If the PF formula you are trying doesn't contain NAC, I highly recommend it as well as Selenium and Melatonin to restore GTH.

Back to fatty liver, I have tried all the herbs and nutrients prescribed w/ marginal results. The amino acid Methionine has been the one nutrient to finally help me w/ this disorder. I take 500 or sometimes 1000mg daily w/ B-12.

I have been taking (oral caps) Grapeseed Extract plus Resveratrol for some time w/ also not much results until a few days ago I Liposomed (LET) a 50/50 blend of Pure Trans Resveratrol and Grapeseed Extract w/ very good or noticeable results.

It is also worthy to mention (in the case of PF) the necessity to greatly improve the indoor air quality as the lungs must have clean air to have any chance of repair. I have had best results w/ Negative Ion Purifiers, HEPA filters, and UV Light Purifiers.

Replied by Tammy
Alabama
07/21/2014

Tim from ky and Bess from Calgary: After reading my post I realized I made 2 errors. The dose for the grape seed extract was 3,000 mg. as she had to take 2/ 500 mg. capsules three times a day, it was not a cheap therapy. Also, now that I thought about it, she took Reservatrol also. Which ever one was on sale or that she could find in stock is what she took for the month so she bounced back and forth. Either way, her liver is completely normal, not even one fat deposit to be found. Now it's just the lungs. One of the things I am adding to my moms therapy regimen is licorice but I can't find a specific dose for pill form only tea doses. However, I did find one post for licorice and pf and it stated 3.5 grams a day which would be 3,500 mg. right? I've done read sooooooooooo much and feel so confused, I have literally slept about 4 hours in the past three days since my mom was discharged from UAB Hospital and hospice was called. Not saying hospice as a 6 week or 6 month time line but as she has a terminal condition. My mom has to make it, she's all I got. Anyone help? Being an only child should be against the law (lol).

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
07/21/2014

Dear Tammy,

I am so sorry about your mother's condition, and that you have no siblings to bear the burden with you. (I don't mean your mother is a burden, but the worry about her and responsibility are.) She is blessed to have you watching out for her.

My book, "Nutritional Herbology, " says that the dosage for licorice (dried root) is 3-6 grams. So, what you read about 3.5 grams (yes 3, 500 mg) sounds reasonable. This book offers no cautions about using Licorice. However, the book "Prescription for Nutritional Healing" says to use Licorice for no more than 1 week because long term use can cause high blood pressure, low potassium and water retention. I am not saying I wouldn't use licorice for more than a week, especially if it seemed to be helping a serious condition, but you should know the cautions so you can be monitoring things properly.

I trust you will keep us posted. God bless you as you care for your mother!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
07/21/2014

Hi Tammy – Here is a link to a 40-page free PDF regarding lung diseases written by Robert Redfern. He also wrote a book about serrapeptase called the Miracle Enzyme. Please bear in mind that he sells the supplements so he does have a vested interest. However, the information is still valuable.

http://naturallyhealthypublications.com/wp-content/assets/downloads/LUNG_Ebook.pdf

And here is his pulmonary fibrosis health activity plan.

http://www.goodhealthhelpdesk.com/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/1815/36/pulmonary-fibrosis-health-activity-plan

There is also the Earth Clinic pages with lots of suggestions - including some from Ted:

http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/pulmonary-fibrosis-lung-disease-remedies.html

My prayers are with you during this difficult time – please don't give up hope. Take care, Bess