More and more people suffer from fatty liver.
There are no drugs against it.
However, sufferers can change their diet to heal their liver.
In Germany, every third adult and every third overweight child suffers from fatty liver that is not caused by alcohol: In contrast to the so-called AFLD (Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease), non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, also known as NAFLD (Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease), develops beforehand mainly due to an unhealthy diet.
A fatty liver is not harmless, after all it increases the risk of serious diseases such as strokes and heart attacks.
This makes it all the more important to watch your diet and consume foods that promote liver health and can cure fatty liver.
Fatty liver: support and prevent healing with five foods
Fatty liver can result from excessive alcohol consumption or from an unhealthy diet.
More and more people in Germany suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver.
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In the case of fatty liver, according to
more than five percent of the liver cells become fatty, with a fatty liver it is more than 50 percent.
As with fatty liver caused by alcohol, hepatitis can also develop from the non-alcoholic form.
Inflammation of the liver causes the organ to stiffen and lose its ability to function over time.
This increases the risk of liver cancer, among other things.
In addition, serious secondary diseases such as high blood pressure, thyroid disease, type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke and dementia were identified.
The good news, however, is that you can prevent and even cure fatty liver with certain foods.
You can relieve and support your liver and contribute to its regeneration with the following foods:
: Products like whole wheat bread or whole wheat pasta support the liver because of their complex carbohydrates.
In addition, the metabolism of carbohydrates is delayed due to their healthy dietary fiber.
This can help prevent food cravings because blood sugar doesn't spike shortly after eating.
: They contain the secondary plant substance anthocyanin, which is responsible for their blue color - which is why they are also called blueberries in some regions of Germany.
Anthocyanin also has a protective and supportive function for the liver.
Vegetables and fruits with a bitter taste
: These include artichokes, radicchio, chicory and grapefruit.
They stimulate the breakdown of fat in the liver.
Spices like ginger and turmeric
: The phytochemical curcumin found in turmeric protects the liver from some toxins.
Turmeric can also reduce the risk of fatty liver developing into liver inflammation and cirrhosis of the liver.
This is a serious liver disease that can result from alcohol abuse or hepatitis and replaces functional liver tissue with connective tissue.
Healthy fats such as in nuts and vegetable oils
: The particularly healthy polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids from plants help an existing fatty liver to rid itself of fatty ballast.
They also protect against the accumulation of new fat.
Vitamin E, which is also found in nuts and vegetable oils, also strengthens the liver against inflammation.
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Fatty Liver: Dietary Habits That May Help Heal
In addition to the foods mentioned, types of cabbage such as broccoli are also suitable for a healthy liver.
The secondary plant substances they contain, such as mustard oil glycosides, activate the liver and bile and contribute to detoxification.
But not only certain foods relieve a fatty liver.
Some eating habits can also support healing and prevent fatty liver.
Those affected should reduce calories and take longer breaks from eating.
This article only contains general information on the respective health topic and is therefore not intended for self-diagnosis, treatment or medication. In no way does it replace a visit to the doctor. Unfortunately, our editors are not allowed to answer individual questions about clinical pictures.
This article only contains general information on the respective health topic and is therefore not intended for self-diagnosis, treatment or medication.
In no way does it replace a visit to the doctor.
Unfortunately, our editors are not allowed to answer individual questions about clinical pictures.
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