Thursday, February 13, 2014

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

This is the Scariest Piece of information we have come across.

Updated May 2016
 You probably know that drinking too much alcohol can damage your liver.   What you might not know is that too much sugar can lead to very similar severe liver problems.  Besides changing your diet to avoid high doses of sugar, Studies have shown that some nutritional supplements may be able to help support your liver.

The world-wide increase in the consumption of high fructose corn syrup parallels the increase in overweight people and obesity world wide!  Studies have shown that consumption of sucrose (which is glucose and fructose) and fructose (sugar) promotes fatty liver disease, whereas fatty acids from the diet do not.

Ps.  When you read the label on a can or a box - anything ending in ‘ose’ is sugar.

Insulin resistance or Type II Diabetes is always present with NAFLD and leads to triglyceride accumulation in the liver.  This process is associated with free radical generation, cell injury and fibrosis.

Medical approaches are relatively ineffective


An easy way to help yourself is to embrace the Low Carbohydrate lifestyle modification recommended by John Jones, MD, MPH.  At the very least, avoid high fructose corn syrup.   A daily intake of around 40 grams of carbohydrate is a good target.  This is much more important for blood sugar control and weight loss than counting calories or doing exercise.

If you know you have problems with Gluten and/or Milk you have probably already eliminated them from your diet.  This helps the GUT heal.

One effect of high consumption of fructose is bacteria overgrowth in the small intestine, which increases intestinal permeability. This also contributes to the development of NAFLD.   Another emerging hypothesis is that pathogenic GUT bacteria and fungi (they LOVE sugar) can produce alcohol, which further increases gut permeability and liver injury.

Read / download Dr Jones' NAFLD Nutritional Protocol

So, what can you do?  First (and most important) eliminate sugar and all processed high Carbohydrate foods. The Nutritional Supplements that help are:
  1. Essential Fatty AcidsUltra Omega-Linic contains high levels of EPA plus DHA, GLA and SDA
  2. A good Multi like Ultra Vites to support all the necessary biochemical functions
  3. A good Probiotic - Ultra 4x6 Probiotic contains 4 different organisms with a 6 billion CFU potency
  4. Antioxidants.  There are several that were studied, but those that are most protective of the liver and tha protect the cellular membranes from oxidative stress help the most
    1. Vitamin E 400 mixed tocopherols
    2. Vitamin C - Ultra C-1000
    3. Coenzyme Q10 - Ultra CoQ10 100
    4. Protect from Free Radicals with Radical Resilience - Milk Thistle, Bacopa, Melissa & Turmeric
  5. Ultra DM Complex - Specifically formulated for blood sugar problems - contains Alpha Lipoic Acid, Cinnamon and GTF Chromium
In summary: High fructose corn syrup gives you a triple knockout.
  1.  You get a high glycemic load which causes insulin resistance and diabetes.
  2. The storage of fat in the liver causes severe liver damage
  3. You could be setting yourself up for obesity, diabetes and liver cancer
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.