Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is rarely mentioned as one of America’s worst health threats. Heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes get far more publicity.
But NAFLD is more common than any of these. And it can have equally deadly consequences.1
More than 30% of Americans have NAFLD. It’s also known simply as fatty liver.2
You may associate liver problems with drinking. But obesity is the primary cause of fatty liver. The number of cases has exploded in recent years, as Americans have gotten heavier.3
Here’s the worst part…
This disease is a stealth killer. It often smolders for decades without causing any symptoms. It may go unnoticed until the liver is seriously inflamed. This can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer. A liver transplant may be the only way to save the patient’s life.
Natural Solution for Fatty Liver
A new study shows that a natural supplement may stop NAFLD and its awful complications. It’s the antioxidant pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ).
Growing evidence suggests NAFLD has its roots in the womb. Children born to mothers who eat a junk food-laden Western diet are more likely to be obese and have fatty liver.4
Preliminary tests have shown that PQQ supplements might reverse these detrimental effects.
Professor Karen Jonscher and her colleagues at the University of Colorado gave PQQ to mice who were predisposed to getting NAFLD. Not only did it reduce fatty liver in the mice, but it also prevented the condition from being passed to their offspring.
Dr. Jonscher noted that more research is needed to confirm that PQQ works in humans with fatty liver. She is planning human studies. But she expects PQQ will help humans the same way it did mice. We’ll keep you updated on follow-up studies.
In the meantime, “people with fatty liver disease could potentially benefit” from PQQ, Dr. Jonscher said. “The supplement is available online and in grocery stores.”
The study was recently published in the journal Hepatology Communications.
Top 7 Foods High in PQQ
Certain vegetables are high in PQQ. Here are seven excellent sources:5
- Green peppers
The most reliable way to get PQQ is through a supplement. They are considered safe with few reported side effects. We recommend 20 mg a day for liver health. One excellent brand is Jarrow Formulas PQQ.6