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 be just as deadly.
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.
Here’s the worst part…
Fatty liver is a stealth killer. Most people who have it don’t know it.
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.
Although the exact cause of NAFLD is unknown, it’s been established that sugar consumption is linked with the condition.
A new study offers hope for a better solution…a way to prevent the disease from progressing. Researchers have found that a natural sweetener can stop NAFLD and its awful complications.
Scientists fed mice a diet of high-fat food and sugar. As it does in humans, this type of diet caused the animals to start to show signs of fatty liver.
Researchers then substituted stevia for sugar. Stevia is a natural, plant-derived non-sugar sweetener.
The change was remarkable.
Stevia lowered the rodents’ glucose levels and improved their insulin sensitivity. It also reduced levels of fat and scarring in their livers. These are all markers of NAFLD.
Support Your Liver With Stevia
Stevia is a plant that’s native to the Amambay Mountains, between southern Brazil and northern Paraguay. It is commonly used as sweetener and medicinal plant by the Guaraní Indians. Native populations have consumed ka’a he’ё (translated as “sweet herb”) for centuries.
Stevia has soared in popularity in recent years as people have looked for a natural alternative to chemical sweeteners such as saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, and acesulfame K.
To help prevent NAFLD, simply use stevia in place of sugar. Organic brands are best.
Stevia is great for sweetening drinks such as coffee and tea. And it can be used for baking. But keep in mind that it’s at least 10 times sweeter than sugar, so a little goes a long way. Its glycemic index is zero, so it has no effect on your blood sugar. There are also no artificial ingredients in it.
Look for green leaf stevia. It comes in powdered form, which is the least processed. It’s available in most grocery and health food stores.
NAFLD may not be as well known as heart disease and cancer, but it’s often just as deadly. Use stevia to avoid falling prey to this silent killer.
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