In addition to obesity and heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) runs rampant in the US with 100 million Americans diagnosed every year. However, fatty liver can be reversed if addressed at an early stage. Adhering to a healthy diet and increasing physical activity may not only reduce liver fat but also decrease the risk of its progression into more serious liver disease.
Research is now showing us that adding green tea into your routine at least 3x per week may boost the protective benefits alongside exercise and a primarily plant based diet.
Over the centuries, traditional herbalists, and modern scientists have found that green tea is loaded with antiviral, antifungal, and antioxidant properties which can offer potential natural protections against a number of diseases including NAFLD.
The liver is considered the largest internal organ in the body. It does the majority of the work regarding eliminating toxins and works with the kidneys to eliminate them through urine. These toxins may come from pollutants, consuming foods that are more taxing on the liver (high fat, processed), medications or other stresses on the body.
The polyphenols (antioxidants) in green tea may support improved liver enzymes, reduce fat deposits in the liver and reduce oxidative stress (inflammation). Green tea doesn't conduct the actual detoxification, it supports the body with its natural detoxification process.
Nevertheless, some people, especially those who have liver problems, should exercise caution before consuming green tea as a supplement.
High concentrations of green tea extract, in some small studies, have been shown to possibly cause liver damage so you're better off sticking with a tea bag in water.