Your liver is a major organ of detoxification, but rather than physically screening out toxins, it converts them into compounds that can be eliminated from the body. It accomplishes this through a complex two-part process called phase I and phase II detoxification.
A number of nutrients are required for each of these phases, and people managing diabetes should be well aware of them. They include antioxidants such as lipoic acid, silymarin (from milk thistle), and selenium to protect the liver against the free radicals generated during phase I. Calcium-d-glucarate, n-acetyl-cysteine, and trimethylglycine all support various conjugation reactions that occur in phase II detoxification.
If you have signs and symptoms of NAFLD—and obesity is a clear sign—I urge you to protect your liver by losing weight and taking targeted supplements. Look for a combination formula in your health food store that contains the nutrients listed above.
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