Update 1/5/20. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a serious medical condition that occurs when fat accumulates in the liver. While previously occurring mostly in alcoholics, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is now becoming more common in many other people too. These days, those most afflicted with fatty liver disease include diabetics and people who are overweight. Many with this disorder don't even know they have it. In America alone, about 66% of people over age 50 who are diabetic or overweight have NAFLD. Fatty liver disease is projected to be the #1 cause of liver transplants in the future. But it doesn't have to be.
In this video review, I show you the steps to take to reduce your risk of NAFLD – and reverse it. We'll look at lifestyle changes and what I believe are the 3 best supplements to take to help reverse this condition. As always, the emphasis is on research so you can make the best decision for you.
Fatty Liver Disease Supplements Review
Fatty Liver Supplements In This Review
The following 3 supplements have the most evidence for helping fatty liver disease:
The end of the video is my list of “honorable mention” supplements, which have less evidence but might help some too.
The supplements highlighted in this review have few side effects to know about. Some precautions are as follows:
- Upcoming surgery
- You take blood thinners
- You're Pregnancy/breastfeeding
- You have gallbladder issues
- You take diabetes medicine
As with everything, talk to your doctor if you have fatty liver disease or other health issues.
Reversing Fatty Liver Disease
The research shows lifestyle changes can reverse NAFLD. Some of that research also shows supplements can enhance the reversal process. The key thing to remember is simply taking supplements -by themselves-is not enough.
Fatty liver disease is best reversed by using a combination of weight loss, exercise, and, for some, dietary supplements.
Hi Joe, you recommended berberine for insulin resistance. Would it be an issue if I have gallstones? How about curcumin? Does it also have any effect on the gallbladder? Thanks
Joe Cannon says
Juliana, I’m not aware of any issues with berberine in those with gallstones. When starting new supplements, I think its always wise to start with the last possible for the first week to see how you respond.
There is at least one study that showed curcumin can cause gallbladder constriction. A dosage of 40% was noted to cause constrictions in 50% of the people. This was a small study (only 12 people) and they were healthy (no gallbladder problems). Here is the study:
Based on this I’d think its probably wise to steer clear of curcumin supplements if you have gallstones. To be safe, the same thing may also be true for turmeric (curcumin is derived from the spice, turmeric)
Hello.I was curious to know what you can use to take to cleanse your liver when taking Benzos and Anti-depressant medications?
Joe Cannon says
Hi Geeya, generally the liver is very good at cleansing itself. No detox supplements are needed. Sometimes there may be side effects to abruptly stopping medications, so do inform your doctor if you are doing this.