The Vegetable Extract That Fights Fatty Liver

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It’s the biggest killer you’ve never heard of…

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.

More than 30% of Americans have NAFLD. It’s also known simply as fatty liver.

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.[1]

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.

A new study offers hope for a better solution…a natural vegetable extract may stop NAFLD and its awful complications.

The research was published in the journal Hepatology. Scientists examined 137 subjects. The heavier they were, the more likely they were to have fatty liver.

And scientists discovered something else… People with fatty liver had low blood levels of something called indole. [2]

It’s a natural compound found mainly in cruciferous vegetables.

The research team then looked at mice with NAFLD. The scientists found that when they gave them indole, the animals had significantly lower fat and inflammation in the liver.

Dr. Chaodong Wu was one of the chief investigators. He said that foods “with a high capacity for indole production” may be new therapies for treatment and prevention of NAFLD.[3]

“This is another example where altering the diet can help prevent or treat disease and improve the well-being of the individual,” said Dr. Wu.

10 Foods That Stop Fatty Liver

Vegetables high in indole are:

  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Collards
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Turnips
  • Mustard greens
  • Rutabagas
  • Cabbage
  • Bok choy

You can also get indole supplements. They are often sold under indole’s chemical name, which is indole-3-carbinol. They’re available from online retailers and health food stores.

One more thing…

You don’t have to be in danger of getting NAFLD to benefit from indole. The compound is known to help prevent breast, colon, and other types of cancer.[4]

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