Natural Cure For Fatty Liver – Spirulina?
As a Diplomat in Saudi Arabia I helped repatriate the body of a British Citizen, who had died of cirrhosis of the liver. In another Country in North Africa, I once helped to bury an acquaintance who died of cirrhosis of the liver. Both had been heavy drinkers of the locally produced and illegal “Sadiki” and Flash” respectively.
In the second case, I had watched this once outgoing, gregarious, popular and friendly man slowly die in agony of cirrhosis of the liver. So, when I was told by my Doctor that I had Fatty Liver, I was very concerned. I needed to reduce my weight, but he also recommended Spirulina to help. If Fatty Liver was identified early enough, he said Spirulina could help as a natural cure for Fatty Liver*. But as well as taking Spirulina, I needed to lose weight, watch my diet and reduce or better still, stop social drinking.
I wanted to know more. What are the symptoms of Alcoholic Fatty Liver? My research into this threw up some different answers. Wikipedia told me there could often be few symptoms. Likewise, according to the UK & NI´s National Health Service, early symptoms of Alcoholic Fatty Liver were quite general:
“Abdominal stomach pain, Loss of appetite, Fatigue, Feeling sick, feeling generally unwell”.
When I looked at the advanced symptoms I was really concerned to note that I could tick a number of them. After reading this list, I knew I needed to stop social drinking of any spirits, exercise more and reduce weight. It really was a wake-up call. I didn´t want to follow the man I had seen die of cirrhosis of the liver. The UK & NI´s NHS, list of advanced symptons is here: NHS, Liver Disease Symptons.
After reading the advanced symptoms list, I realised I was lucky, I only had a few of the symptoms on the NHS list, but my Alternative Remedy Dr said I had yellowing of the whites of my eyes. And I had a slightly swollen abdomen, I had very itchy skin, I certainly had memory problems, I often struggled to sleep well, and I had fairly frequent nose bleeds.
However, since losing weight (25 kilos), cutting down on alcohol, I no longer drink any spirits, just wine at the weekends, and regularly taking 4 to 5 grams of Spirulina a day over the last thee years, I have seen these symptoms disappear.
Other Benefits I have seen
My blood sugar has stabilised to manageable levels, I no longer have Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS or Candida. I also believe that along with helping my Liver, it has helped me to reduce the “bad cholesterol” in my system, but I cannot be 100% sure as I have not had a recent test. But certainly the scientists say that Spirulina helps with this too.* Spirulina has also contributed to my spectacular weight loss.
So much for anecdotes, what do the Doctors and Scientists say?
My own Alternative Remedy Doctor is a huge fan of Spirulina. But since following his recommendation, I have researched and found there is also a substantial body of scientific and medical evidence too.
Spirulina is loaded with nutrients. Adding the Spirulina super food to a well-balanced diet, can be beneficial to help you maintain a healthy liver as it’s a known anti-oxidant*. In animal studies 1, 2, 3. it has also been found to reduce toxins in the liver by increasing antioxidants*.
It has also been found to protect against oxidative stress 4. And controls the generation of hepatic stellate cells which cause liver damage and liver fibrosis 5. Bearing in mind this is a “super-food” why wouldn´t you give Spirulina a try if you have been diagnosed with Fatty Liver*?
In another medical trial involving 60 children in Egypt, registered with US based Clinicaltrials.gov it concluded; “There is evidence that suggests Spirulina may help to protect against liver damage, cirrhosis and liver failure in those with chronic liver disease”.
A further study has show that Spirulina helps to reduce fatty acids in the liver 1. And in Greece, a study of 15 people saw their low-density lipoproteins (LDL) colloquially referred to as “bad cholesterol”, decrease significantly. Meanwhile, the levels of “good” high-density lipoproteins (HDL) increased. This provides us with a clear indicator or evidence that Spirulina decreases “bad cholesterol” and helps with the prevention and treatment of fatty liver. So my doctor was right.
Is it Safe? How well researched is Spirulina? Can you recommend any brands?
Spirulina FAQs are here.
Check out this short U-Tube Video that further highlights how spirulina can help improve liver health: