What is a fatty liver?
Another name for fatty liver is hepatic steatosis. Fatty liver occurs when fat accumulates in the liver. There’s nothing wrong with having small amounts of fat in your liver, but an excess of it can become a problem.
Your liver is the second largest organ in your body. The liver plays a vital role in processing the nutrients from drinks and food. It also acts as a filter removing harmful substances from your blood.
Having so much fat in your liver can cause inflammation, damaging your liver and creating scarring. In extreme cases, the scarring can lead to liver failure.
When fatty liver develops in an alcoholic, it is known as alcoholic liver disease (AFLD).
In a person who drinks little or no alcohol, the condition is known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
According to a 2017 study, over 25 to 30 percent of Americans and Europeans are affected by NAFLD.
What is the missing nutrient in fatty liver disease?
When we talk about nutritional deficiencies, one common nutrient is nearly always deficient when you have a fatty liver. If you don’t consume enough of this nutrient from your food, you will develop a fatty liver, and that nutrient is called choline.
Choline is a recently-discovered nutrient.
It was acknowledged in 1998 as a required nutrient by the Institute of Medicine.
Although the human body makes some choline, it is essential to supplement your diet to avoid a deficiency.
Sadly, very few people are meeting the recommended intake for choline (1).
Choline is classified as an essential nutrient (2).
This means that it is required for human health and normal bodily function. Although the human body can make small amounts of choline, you must get most of it from your diet.
Choline is a water-soluble, organic compound. It isn’t a vitamin or a mineral.
Choline is often grouped with the vitamin B complex due to its similarities. However, it is essential to note that choline affects several vital bodily…