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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Fatty Liver - Natural Home Remedies

Fatty liver is a condition where excess fat accumulates in the liver, which can lead to inflammation, scarring, and liver failure. It can be caused by heavy alcohol use, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure. There are no specific drugs to treat fatty liver, but some natural home remedies may help to prevent or reduce its progression. Here are some of them:

  • Lose excess weight: Losing weight can help to reduce the fat buildup in the liver and improve its function. Aim to lose between 3 and 10 percent of your body weight, depending on your condition. Consult your doctor before starting any weight loss program, and follow a healthy, balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.

  • Follow the Mediterranean diet: The Mediterranean diet is a plant-based eating plan that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, fish, olive oil, and moderate amounts of dairy, eggs, and poultry. It is low in red meat, processed foods, added sugars, and saturated fats. Research suggests that the Mediterranean diet may help to reduce liver fat, even without weight loss, and lower the risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure, which are all associated with fatty liver.

  • Drink coffee: Coffee may have some protective effects on the liver, as it contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Studies have shown that coffee drinkers have lower levels of liver enzymes, which indicate liver damage, and lower risk of developing cirrhosis, a severe form of liver scarring. However, avoid adding too much sugar, cream, or other additives to your coffee, as they may negate its benefits. Also, limit your intake to no more than four cups a day, and avoid drinking coffee late at night, as it may interfere with your sleep quality.

  • Try milk thistle: Milk thistle is a herb that has been used for centuries to treat liver problems. It contains a compound called silymarin, which may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Some studies have found that milk thistle may improve liver function and reduce liver fat in people with fatty liver. However, more research is needed to confirm its effectiveness and safety. If you want to try milk thistle, consult your doctor first, and follow the dosage instructions on the label. Do not take milk thistle if you are allergic to plants in the same family, such as ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, and daisies.

  • Use lemon: Lemon is a citrus fruit that is rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that may help to protect the liver from oxidative stress and inflammation. Lemon also contains citric acid, which may help to dissolve gallstones, which are hardened deposits of bile that can form in the gallbladder and block the flow of bile from the liver. Bile is a fluid that helps to digest fats and remove toxins from the liver. To use lemon, squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a glass of warm water and drink it on an empty stomach every morning. You can also add some honey for extra flavor and benefits.

  • Eat flaxseed: Flaxseed is a plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for the health of the liver and the heart. Omega-3 fatty acids may help to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, and prevent fat accumulation in the liver. Flaxseed also contains lignans, which are phytoestrogens that may have anti-cancer and anti-fibrotic effects. To eat flaxseed, grind it in a blender or coffee grinder and sprinkle it on your salads, soups, yogurt, oatmeal, or smoothies. You can also take flaxseed oil as a supplement, but consult your doctor first.

These are some of the natural home remedies that may help to prevent or treat fatty liver. However, they are not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult your doctor before trying any new remedy, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking any medications. Fatty liver is a serious condition that requires regular monitoring and care. By following your doctor’s recommendations, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding alcohol, you can improve your liver health and quality of life.

Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist

Kify Hospital



Phone : 85000 23456


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