Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a broad term for a range of conditions caused by a buildup of fat in the liver. This disease is becoming more and more common around the world and it may affect people of all ages. The following groups have an increased risk of developing NAFLD:

  • overweight or obese
  • those who suffer from type 2 diabetes
  • have hypertension
  • have high cholesterol levels
  • are in their 40s or 50s
  • smoke

If this condition worsens, it may lead to serious liver damage, including cirrhosis. For this reason, it is of utmost importance to detect NAFLD early to prevent it from getting more serious and reduce the amount of fat in your liver. This disease is also associated with metabolic syndrome, which is a group of risk factors, including excess abdominal fat, poor ability to use the hormone insulin, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and unhealthy triglyceride or cholesterol levels.

This disease is usually silent, causing no signs and symptoms, which is why many people who have it are often diagnosed too late.

Some of the common early warning symptoms of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease include the following:

  • Aching or dull pain felt in the upper right part of the stomach
  • Jaundice (characterized by a yellow staining of the skin or mucous layer)
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • Increased bruising
  • Mental perplexity
  • Swelling due to the absence of protein created by the liver

If you experience these symptoms, you should consult your specialist immediately so as to start treating NAFLD as soon as possible.

Nevertheless, there are certain ways in which you can alleviate your symptoms naturally. Here are 9 methods to reduce NAFLD symptoms:

  1. Black Seed Oil

Black seed oil, also known as black cumin oil, offers a number of health benefits and serves as a natural remedy for various health conditions, including NAFLD.

  1. Resveratrol

Red grapes contain a polyphenolic compound known as resveratrol, a potent antioxidant which has been scientifically proven to support heart health and extend one’s lifespan. This beneficial compound also possesses effective anti-cancer properties and thus alleviates irritation. Moreover, research has shown that resveratrol helps fight against oxidative anxiety and aggravation due to NAFLD.

  1. Turmeric

This potent spice aids in assimilation and reduces the aggravation triggered by NAFLD. Provided that you take supplements, make sure you start with 450 mg of curcumin or turmeric, every day.

  1. Wolfberries (Goji Berries)

These nutritionally-rich berries have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine due to their strong ability to stabilize blood glucose, prevent cancer development, and suppress tumors. In addition, they were also used in the treatment of various conditions associated with the eyes and liver. ‘Wolfberry fruit,’ as these berries are known in China, have been found to regenerate essential enzymes and decrease the oxidative effects caused by NAFLD.

  1. Dandelion Root

Dandelion root has a long history of medicinal use since ancient times due to its excellent health properties and liver support. It will help you relieve irritation and treat liver cirrhosis, as well as cleanse your liver.

  1. Vitamin E

Due to its potent antioxidant properties, Vitamin E has the ability to relieve inflammation in the body resulting from NAFLD. This essential vitamin also improves the immune system and supports heart health, which may be overworked if the person suffers from NAFLD.

  1. Milk Thistle

More than 10,000 papers have studied and demonstrated the wide range of beneficial effects offered by milk thistle. This herb has a long history of medicinal use, most commonly for the treatment of liver and gallbladder health conditions. It has been proved to be effective in decreasing oxidative stress and inflammation due to NAFLD. What’s more, this herb has also been found to be as effective as silybin and silymarin in decreasing these two issues linked to NAFLD.

  1. Weight Loss

Losing weight will help to reduce the fat levels in the body, especially in the liver. Also, you should make sure to drink lots of water so as to eliminate toxins through the urine and thus detox your body.

  1. Dietary Changes

Nowadays, the typical diet of the majority of the population around the world, especially in the USA, is high in fats and junk food. This type of diet leads to increased fat levels in the body, clogged arteries, and is the major cause for a wide range of health issues. Therefore, by improving your diet and eating healthy, nutritious food, you will stimulate weight loss and improve your liver function. Furthermore, adding nutritious foods like raw vegetables, ginger, bananas, and sweet potatoes, will also contribute to fat reduction in your liver. Also, consider cutting down on your alcohol intake.

 

Sources:

Organic Healthy Food

Mayo Clinic

NHS Choices

Examine

Organic and Healthy