Choline and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
Over 3 million Americans suffer from fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The good news is that the keto diet is actually helpful short-term in treating fatty liver.
The bad news is that fatty liver may get worse if we consume excessive amounts of fat at the expense of carbohydrates and protein unless we include enough choline and methionine in our diets.
Although the same effects have not yet been confirmed in humans, a study in mice revealed that extreme protein and carbohydrate restriction should be avoided due to the risk of developing fatty liver Non-alcoholic-Fatty Liver-Disease (NAFLD) or, even worse, progressing from the fatty liver to actual liver damage as is seen in Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH).
In this study, mice fed on a very high-fat (93.3 percent), very high-carbohydrate diet developed fatty liver NAFLD, fatty liver cellular injury (inflammation), similar to NASH, and insulin resistance, similar to pre-diabetes.
• Eat a variety of foods to ensure that you get the full spectrum of B vitamins and minerals required to maintain a normal level of energy and metabolism and prevent nutrient deficiencies, such as organic grass-fed meat, pastured chicken and pork, wild-caught fish, eggs, colorful raw vegetables, and leafy greens.
• Select a multivitamin that contains all the micronutrients indicated in this article if your diet is extremely restricted and does not include a wide variety of foods (as mentioned above) or if you want to be absolutely certain to cover all the bases.
• Pick a multivitamin that is highly absorbed. There are many great choices out there . You will get all eight of the B-vitamins in their “active” forms, such as methylfolate (active B9), methylcobalamin (active B12), P5P (active B6), biotin (B7), a full spectrum of antioxidants (vitamins A, C, E), as well as all of the trace minerals including selenium, molybdenum, manganese, chromium, and iodine. If you’ve never heard the term, “liposomal,” it means that the active ingredients are delivered within liposomes, microscopic spheres made, in this case, of naturally occurring phospholipids (the building blocks of cell membranes) extracted from non-GMO sunflower. The main phospholipid present in the liposomes, Phosphatidyl-choline, will provide a rich source of choline, as well.