On Friday, I raised a very important question about fructose and liver disease. Fructose is highly prevalent these days, as it's in just about every bottled drink, many foods, including fruits, veggies, and many processed foods. But does it cause liver disease? A new study raises the stakes in this controversy.
In this study, the researchers looked at 2,003 70-year-old men and women. They determined their intake of fructose over the course of a year. They also evaluated them for the presence of NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). I am sure the results surprised them.
The participants who had the highest intake of fructose (29.2-88.0 grams/day) were anywhere from 30% to 45% less likely to have NAFLD than those with the lowest intake (2.2-15.2 grams/day). These remarkable results remained the same even when the researchers considered other factors, such as educational level, smoking, physical activity, and other dietary variables. The conclusion was that, “Our results did not support the current hypothesis that high intake of fructose is associated with a higher prevalence of NAFLD.” So how are these amazing results possible?
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As I said on Friday, some bodies burn fat very effectively, some don't. So those who didn't have NAFLD were more likely to burn fat well. But there's more to this story.
Another major factor is the ability of the liver to control free radicals. Remember that in order for NAFLD to develop, free radicals have to create inflammation. There are two ways that the liver cells can control free radicals. One is by making sure that they produce fewer free radicals. That has to do with mitochondrial function. Cells with poorly functioning mitochondria produce more free radicals than those with efficient mitochondria.
Fortunately, Bio-Energy Testing, which I told you about on Friday, also measures the efficiency of the mitochondria. And once again if the test shows a problem, the doctor can start therapies that can improve mitochondrial function. He can verify that the therapies are working by rechecking the test a few months later. But there is another way to control free radicals. And that is with antioxidant nutrients.
Antioxidant nutrients, such as vitamin E and vitamin C, help the liver to decrease the amount of free radicals. These antioxidant nutrients are found in vegetables and fruits. You also can take them as supplements. And there are many herbs that are very effective at stimulating the antioxidant defenses of the liver cells. So here's how it works.
If you have good fat metabolism, good mitochondrial function, a good diet, and take the right supplements, it looks like you can completely protect yourself from NAFLD even though you might overdo it on fructose. But to make sure you are in the right category, be sure to check your health status with Bio-Energy Testing (www.bioenergytesting.com).
Also, take my Super Immune QuickStart every day. It is loaded with special liver protective nutrients as well as all the antioxidants. But there's more you can do. Since our livers fail to function as well as we get older, I recommend anyone older than 50 do like I do and take a capsule of Advanced Liver Support every day.
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Yours for better health,