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Liver Health: Avoid These 3 Mistakes

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Liver Heath: Avoid These 3 Mistakes
April 27th, 2021

#1  Using herbal supplements without doctor´s supervision

Some plant-based supplements are often not as harmless as many people think. Certain ingredients may have a negative impact on liver functions. Weight-loss supplements can be risky for your liver. Also, consult your physician before using any supplements containing pepper plant kava kava (or simply “kava”) due to its toxicity. Medications and supplements containing kava have been widely used to treat insomnia and anxiety, however its usage has been banned or restricted in many countries (e.g. Germany, France and Great Britain) due to reports of liver injury*. Back in 2002, the FDA** has also issued a warning that kava-containing products may be linked to liver-related injury.


Sources:
*LiverTox: Clinical and Research Information on Drug-Induced Liver Injury [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; 2012-. Kava Kava. [Updated 2018 Apr 10]. Available here.

**National Institutes of Health (Office of Dietary Supplements): FDA Issues Consumer Advisory for Dietary Supplements Containing Kava.

#2  Loosing weight too rapidly

Though obesity is considered one of the most common causes of fatty liver disease, losing too much weight too fast can harm your liver to. Firstly, losing weight too rapidly can cause a yo-yo effect which means gaining all those lost pounds again after the weight loss. Secondly, such rapid weight fluctuations disrupt metabolism and can lead to nutritional deficiencies in the body, and even eating disorders which over time weaken the liver functions.

#3  Using unhealthy cooking methods

Buying healthy foods, in itself, is not enough, if you use unhealthy ways of cooking afterwards. Some of the most “liver-unfriendly” cooking methods are considered frying and deep frying, alongside with smoking and microwaving. And here is why: according to the article published in Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutrición*, the frying process can significantly alter the nutritional quality of foods by increasing their fat content, producing trans-fat acid and acrylamide (compounds that can cause various health issues including atherosclerosis**), causing foods lose their water content due to evaporation, gelatinizing starches, changing the structure of proteins, and even destroying some heat-sensitive nutrients such as vitamins B1 and B2.
 


Sources:
*Changes in food caused by deep fat frying - A review. Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutrición. Volumen 63, No. 1, Año 2013. Consultado el: 22/04/2021.

**Naruszewicz M, Daniewski M, Nowicka G, Kozłowska-Wojciechowska M. Trans-unsaturated fatty acids and acrylamide in food as potential atherosclerosis progression factors. Based on own studies. Acta Microbiol Pol. 2003;52 Suppl:75-81. PMID: 15058816.

 

#1  Using herbal supplements without doctor´s supervision

Some plant-based supplements are often not as harmless as many people think. Certain ingredients may have a negative impact on liver functions. Weight-loss supplements can be risky for your liver. Also, consult your physician before using any supplements containing pepper plant kava kava (or simply “kava”) due to its toxicity. Medications and supplements containing kava have been widely used to treat insomnia and anxiety, however its usage has been banned or restricted in many countries (e.g. Germany, France and Great Britain) due to reports of liver injury*. Back in 2002, the FDA** has also issued a warning that kava-containing products may be linked to liver-related injury.


Sources:
*LiverTox: Clinical and Research Information on Drug-Induced Liver Injury [Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; 2012-. Kava Kava. [Updated 2018 Apr 10]. Available here.

**National Institutes of Health (Office of Dietary Supplements): FDA Issues Consumer Advisory for Dietary Supplements Containing Kava.

#2  Looking weight too rapidly

Though obesity is considered one of the most common causes of fatty liver disease, losing too much weight too fast can harm your liver. Firstly, losing weight too rapidly can cause a yo-yo effect which means gaining all those lost pounds again after the weight loss. Secondly, such rapid weight fluctuations disrupt metabolism and can lead to nutritional deficiencies in the body, and even eating disorders which over time weaken the liver functions.

#3  Using unhealthy cooking methods

Buying healthy foods, in itself, is not enough, if you use unhealthy ways of cooking afterwards. One of the most “liver-unfriendly” cooking methods are considered frying and deep frying, alongside with smoking and microwaving. And here is why: according to the article published in Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutrición*, the frying process can significantly alter the nutritional quality of foods by increasing their fat content, producing trans-fat acid and acrylamide (compounds that can cause various health issues including atherosclerosis**), causing foods lose their water content due to evaporation, gelatinizing starches, changing the structure of proteins, and even destroying some heat-sensitive nutrients such as vitamins B1 and B2.
 


Sources:
*Changes in food caused by deep fat frying - A review. Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutrición. Volumen 63, No. 1, Año 2013. Obtenible en: http://www.alanrevista.org/ediciones/2013/1/art-1/. Consultado el: 22/04/2021.

**Naruszewicz M, Daniewski M, Nowicka G, Kozłowska-Wojciechowska M. Trans-unsaturated fatty acids and acrylamide in food as potential atherosclerosis progression factors. Based on own studies. Acta Microbiol Pol. 2003;52 Suppl:75-81. PMID: 15058816.

 

Please be safe and take care of yourself whilst we take care of your liver-healthy diet.

Your Amsety Team.
Please be safe and take care of yourself whilst we take care of your liver-healthy diet.

Your Amsety Team.
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