Roughly one-third of the American population suffers from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD (Polyzos et al 2010, Schuppan et al 2010, Younossi 2008). Many of its victims do not know they have it. NAFLD can go undetected for years and may eventually progress to inflammation and scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) and, in some cases, full-blown liver failure.
A formerly rare condition, its rapid emergence has been linked to skyrocketing rates of metabolic syndrome and “diabesity,” the term many experts use for co-occurring diabetes and obesity (Younossi 2008, Kaser et al 2010, Bondini and Younossi 2006).
While poor dietary choices are often to blame, cutting-edge research suggests that hidden genetic factors may also play a role, as some people do not metabolize polyunsaturated fats properly, resulting in fatty deposits in the liver (Puri et al 2009).
As mainstream medicine continues to struggle in the search for drugs to manage this widespread condition, emerging scientific evidence has shed light on effective natural interventions that may halt or even reverse its progress.