Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is only diagnosed once viral, autoimmune, genetic, and drug-induced liver diseases have been ruled out. One paper suggests NAFLD affects as many as 20 per cent of the population, and can vary from mild to severe. Most cases are linked with insulin resistance, and it is most common in people who are obese, have type 2 diabetes mellitus, or raised triglyceride levels.

How can we help?

NAFLD has been linked with oxidative stress and the formation of excess free radicals, so it seems sensible to take an antioxidant

Milk thistle and globe artichoke extracts,  have beneficial effects on liver function and may be taken together. Milk thistle inhibits factors responsible for liver cell damage, maintains levels of an important liver antioxidant enzyme, glutathione, and reduces liver fibrosis.

Artichoke improves liver function to increase bile secretion and also has a beneficial effect on glucose balance and insulin production. Lecithin has also been used as it helps to prevent deposition of fats in liver cells. Another option is Korean ginseng, which helps the body adapt to stress and has been shown to improve fatty liver conditions in animals.

Alternatively a 14 day liver detox may be recommended with nutrients, food lists, and recipes. As a side effect, clients often lose weight, and have brighter skin, and more energy.