When most people think about liver disease, they think about it being a problem for alcoholics. But did you know the most common liver disease in the world has nothing to do with alcohol? Fatty liver disease affects 20-30% of all adults in the U.S. and over 60% of those who are obese. It heightens the risk of cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes, and liver cancer. But there's a little-known nutrient that can protect your liver and help prevent these other illnesses.
While not many people know about this nutrient, it's really quite common. It's called pyrroloquinoline quinone — or PQQ. You'll find this natural antioxidant in the soil and in many foods, such as kiwi. But perhaps the most abundant source is human breast milk. Because breast milk is such a rich source — and because the most at-risk group for fatty liver disease is children of obese mothers — the researchers wanted to know if PQQ can fight the disease.
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In the study, the researchers gave adult mice either and healthy diet or a Western-style diet heavy in fat, sugar, and cholesterol. They also gave a subset of both groups PQQ in their drinking water. Then they kept the offspring of the mice on the diets for 20 weeks. Not surprisingly, those fed a Western diet gained more weight than the mice eating a healthy diet. While PQQ didn't change the weight gain, it did reduce the fat in the livers even before the mice were born. What's more, the antioxidant also reduced inflammation in their livers. They notice this affect was more pronounced in the mice fed a Western diet. And they found that PQQ protected the adult mice from fatty liver disease.
So if you have fatty liver disease or if you're at risk for it because of being overweight, PQQ would be a great option to consider. Since you're not likely to drink breast milk, the foods richest in PQQ are soy, parsley, celery, kiwi, and papaya. If you don't eat enough of these foods, or just want to boost your intake, you can find PQQ supplements in most health food stores and online.
If you have fatty liver disease, I strongly recommend you take more than just PQQ. Advanced Liver Support has other great nutrients to help reverse fatty liver disease and protect you against other serious illnesses.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening, ND