Remedies Needed for Fatty Liver Disease

Posted by Liana (Mississauga, Ontario, Caanda) on 03/05/2009

Hello Ted in Bangkok and everybody from EARTHCLINIC!

Could you tell me what folk remedies there are for someone who seems to have fatty liver disease? This friend of mine is in her late fifties, had her gall bladder removed around 10 years ago and is on the slim side. She is energetic and has a good appetite. She was once diagnosed with pre-diabetes.

All my relatives from my mother's side died from something to do with the digestive system. So I am anxious not just for my friend but also for myself.

Thank you!

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

A fatty liver can start if gall bladder is removed. The gall bladder functions is emulsifcation of fats and regulation of electrolytes, so something has to do the function in place of gall bladder. One of my favorite fat emulsifer is the granulated lecithin, taken at 1 tablespoon before every meal. This should reduce the associated fats that the body has difficulty of removing as lecithin is a fat emulsifier. The other one, although I don't use that much because of the cost due to its popularity in weight loss, but is not helpful in insulin resistance is the CLA - conjugated linoleic acid, which has fat solubility properties. An apple cider vinegar has some properties of fat dissolving but the baking soda and some potassium should be added to neutralize the acidity.

So a remedy for this appears to be 1 tablespoon of granulated lecithin (should be stored in the refrigerator) well sealed, otherwise moisture comes in), taken before each meal.. A baking soda and potassium bicarbonate, such as 1/4 and 1/8 teaspoon in 1/2 glass of water is taken 30 minutes or more before meals to help the digestion. A deficiency from selenium can induce fatty liver also, hence a reasonable dose is 200-600 mcg of seleniumis helpful also. Selenium is an antioxidant for the liver, as is some vitamin E 200-400 i.u. perhaps taken once a week should prevent a deficiency and is synergistic with selenium.

If there is anything that clogs the liver, it could be cholesterol, if they are in excess, so the use of high temperature cooking oils should reduce this problem. Two high temperature cooking oil I am aware of that does not oxidized and hence becomes hardened, and therefore clogs is the coconut oil (my favorite) and the olive oil, which has limited ability for oxidation to some extent. The worse ones are those vegetable oils which smokes at high temperature cooking, making them easy target to oxidation and hardened upon becoming rancid. It's this reason why vitamin E is seen as protective. However high iron accumulation of excess free heavy metals can lead to rapid rancidity of oils and hardened and hence, taking chelation such as chlorella or cilantro may further reduce these free radicals from being a catalysts in oxidation.


Replied by Brandon
Newport, TN

Ted, Can you use lecithin in pill form too or does it need to be the granulated lecithin. I found lecithin pills at a local pharmacy that are 1,200 mg. Thanks!