liver disease

  1. Tea fights liver disease

    Protect your liver with this natural compound

    One minute, you're boasting to a friend about your house -- maybe even knocking on the wall to show how solid it is.

    The next, you've got a contractor over.

    Turns out those "solid" walls are turning to mush on the inside. You've got some rot -- maybe had it for years without knowing it -- and now it's going to cost you big.

    Life's funny that way, isn't it?

    Well, the same thing could be going on inside your body right now, especially in your liver. It could be silently suffering from the kind of damage that's led to chronic liver disease in 30 million Americans.

    And you might not even know it until it's too late!

    Now, the latest research shows a quick way to help stop that rot, even if you don't even know it's there.

    It's a powerful amino acid that can protect your liver and block the disease.

    And you won't believe how easy it is to get this stuff.

    Drink more tea!

    Tea is loaded with an amino acid called theanine that's already proven to help protect the brain, preserve your memory, and cut the risk of cognitive decline.

    But it might have an even more powerful effect on your liver.

    The new study on mice finds that once you get some theanine -- whether it's from tea or a supplement -- it passes rapidly into the intestine and then makes a beeline for your liver.

    In the mice, it actually restored damaged function in the organ!

    In this case, it helped repair the kind of damage seen in heavy drinkers. And if you've had a habit in the past, making tea your drink of choice now could help protect your own liver from years of hard living.

    But even if you've never drank anything stronger than a cola, you could still be suffering from very similar damage, as the non-alcoholic form of fatty liver disease has been rising rapidly in recent years.

    It's when the damage is caused by poor diet and obesity instead of booze.

    Obviously, you want to eat better, too. But if you haven't had the healthiest lifestyle over the years, drinking more tea could be just what you need to give your liver the protection it deserves.

    There are pretty much no other natural sources of this stuff; if you want theanine from your diet, you'll have to drink either black or green tea.

    If for some reason you don't like tea, you'll also find theanine available as a supplement.

  2. Moderate drinking increases liver risk

    New risks for moderate drinking

    I hate to be the one to have to cancel ladies' night, but there's new evidence that even a moderate drinking habit can be dangerous for women.

    I'm sure you already know how heavy drinking damages the liver. It's a stereotype we have about alcoholics, and one with more than a little truth to it. But new research shows how women can face some of those same risks with as little as one drink a night.

    That's the very definition of moderate drinking. Yet the new study finds this "moderate" habit could actually increase the risk of chronic liver disease by a whopping 80 percent.

    That means moderate drinking is even worse for your organ than constant bad eating -- because obesity increases the risk of chronic liver disease by 70 percent, according to the study of more than 100,000 British women.

    And for the ultimate double whammy, obesity and regular drinking combined can actually triple the risk of chronic liver disease in women, according to research presented at the International Liver Congress.

    I know you've heard from the media that "moderate" drinking can be healthy. And some of those benefits may even be true. (Just bear in mind that nearly all of those glowing reports are based on observational studies, not rigorous clinical trials.)

    But clearly, there are risks here as well.

    Drinking -- even light drinking -- can also increase the risk of breast cancer. According to one recent study, up to 15 percent of all breast cancer deaths are related to drinking.

    And while the risks of drinking are higher in women because of the differences in how our bodies were designed, men and women alike can face big risks from even a moderate drinking habit.

    Alcohol is actually a leading cause of cancer in men and women alike. And, of course, drinking comes with a very real risk of addiction. Can't happen to you? Maybe not -- but most alcoholics felt the same way at some point.

    If you're not willing to give up drinking, do yourself a favor and at least limit your booze to special occasions.

    But I'm not here to spoil all the fun. While drinking may not be as healthy as advertised, there's one "bad" snack that's actually much better for you than you've been led to believe.

    Keep reading to find out more.

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