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First, let me ask you a simple question – do you know what’s non-alcoholic fatty liver? We can answer that for you – when your liver is composed of 5 to 10 percent fat by weight, you have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The function of the liver is to produce bile so the body can digest fats, break down hormones, cleanse the blood, and store vitamins and minerals.

Note: but, when you have fatty liver disease, the liver is unable to adequately break down the fats it has extracted from the blood. The fats accumulate and the liver becomes enlarged. You should also know that NAFLD is the most common liver disorder in the world. Causes and increased risk factors for NAFLD include:

  • Age
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Diabetes
  • Genetics
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglycerides
  • Obesity
  • Poor diet and/or malnutrition
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Some medications
  • Thyroid disorders

The medical experts say that when you have inflammation and cell damage in your liver in addition to NAFLD, you are diagnosed with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, or NASH. Between 2 and 5 percent of Americans have NASH. According to the National Institute of Health, or NIH, the experts estimate that between 20 and 30 percent of adults in western countries are afflicted with NAFLD. Although the incidence is lower in eastern countries, it is on the rise. The incidence also rises with age, although it is increasingly more common at younger ages due to the high-fat diet consumed by most Americans.

Excess Fructose Is a Leading Cause of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

The best thing you can do to your body and your health in general is to eliminate fructose – the sugar found in everything from high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and fruit juice to agave syrup and honey. It’s harmful when consumed in excess – which is exactly what many (if not most) Americans do. You should also know that fructose is, in many ways, very similar to alcohol in the damage that it can do to your body, and your liver. Unlike glucose, which can be used by virtually every cell in your body, fructose can only be metabolized by your liver, because your liver is the only organ that has the transporter for it.

How this works – well, all fructose gets shuttled to your liver. So, if you eat a typical Western-style diet, you consume high amounts of this sugar, and fructose ends up taxing and damaging your liver in the same way alcohol and other toxins do. The medical experts say that fructose is virtually identical to alcohol with regard to the metabolic havoc it wreaks.

The famous Dr. Robert Lustig, a neuroendocrinologist in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, fructose is a “chronic, dose-dependent liver toxin.” And just like alcohol, fructose is metabolized directly into fat – not cellular energy, like glucose.

Symptoms of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

The most common symptoms of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Pain in upper abdomen
  • Jaundice – which is shown by a yellow discoloration in our skin or mucus membrane
  • Swelling of our body (referred to as ascites and edema) because of the lack of protein being produced by the liver
  • Increased bruising
  • Mental confusion

Note: you should see your doctor to be sure that the symptoms you are experiencing are linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. These symptoms are often associated with a number of different diseases.

8 Home Remedies for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Weight Loss

We can easily say that losing weight may be one of the best ways to treat NAFLD because it reduces fat in the entire body, including the liver.

Dietary Changes

You should also know that dietary changes are essential if you have NAFLD. As we said (and we all know), the typical American diet is very high in fats that have a deleterious effect on the body.

Black Seed Oil

Many different studies have discovered that black seed oil reduces the progression of NAFLD and reduces the risk of complications.


Turmeric is one of the healthiest spices in the world. This powerful spice will help the body rid itself of the inflammation that can occur with NAFLD and it will aid in digestion.

Vitamin E

You should also know that Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and will help your body fight the inflammation that can occur with NAFLD.


Wolfberry has been used as a supplement in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. It’s a powerful antioxidant, blood glucose stabilizer, and tumor inhibitor.


What’s resveratrol? Well, this compound is an extract from red grapes. It’s highly effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.

Milk Thistle

Note: there are more than 10,000 recently published papers, which show that milk thistle, both silymarin and silybin, reduces the inflammation and oxidative stress of NAFLD.