How Healthy is Artie Lange's Poor Liver...

I’m a huge Howard Stern fan and I love sidekick Artie Lange. He’s hilarious, but very unhealthy. Artie’s a recovering drug addict and heavy drinker. He’s obese, smokes and loves cupcakes and fast food. Now, Artie knows he’s a mess and is trying to get better, but for some reason he is always worried about his liver, it’s a running joke, but I was curious. So, I asked Dr. Fuhrman what liver health might mean for somebody with Artie’s past:

The leading cause of death for obese people is heart disease, not liver failure. But, the problem is they can suffer tremendously with heart failure, circulatory impairment, swollen legs, infections and pain before they die.

Abnormalities on a "liver function" blood test occur because dying and injured liver cells give off enzymes as they die into the blood stream. Fortunately the liver is a forgiving organ and can regenerate and heal itself before something like cirrhosis sets in.

Nevertheless, if your habits are so poor to injure your liver you have most likely also damaged other organs.

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More Problems with Multivitamins

A new report by ConsumerLab.com discovered many multivitamins either contain significantly more or less of an ingredient than they claim and some are even contaminated with lead. Scientists tested several products, including three for children, and found many exceeded tolerable limits of certain vitamins, such as vitamin A, folic acid, niacin and zinc, which can cause health risks like liver damage and bone-weakening. And a vitamin water examined had 15 times the amount folic acid stated; Reuters reports.

Our society loves magic pills and we forget foods like fruits and veggies are loaded with healthful nutrients. For example, broccoli is packed with vitamin K, which fights prostate cancer. Eating seeds and nuts helps prevent type-2 diabetes. And greens like Bok Choy contain compounds that neutralize harmful free radicals and protect against cancer.

In related news, a recent study showed high-dose beta-carotene may raise lung cancer risk. That’s why Dr. Fuhrman’s multi does not contain things like isolated beta-carotene, vitamin A and copper, which have be linked to cancer, birth defects and liver problems.

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Omega-3's Help Fight the Complications of Obesity

New findings in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology reveal eating omega-3 fatty acids may protect the liver from damage caused by obesity, specifically insulin resistance. The experiment, which used mice with altered genes to make them obese and diabetic, discovered those mice feed a diet rich in omega-3’s had less hepatic inflammation and improved insulin tolerance. Researchers hope these findings will help doctors and nutritionists develop better weight-loss diets for obese patients; ScienceDaily investigates.

Now, sources of omega-3’s include flaxseed, 1.7 grams per tablespoon; flax oil, 2.2 grams per teaspoon; walnuts, 2 grams per serving of 12 walnut halves; soybeans, 2 grams per 1 1/2 cups; and tofu, 2 grams per 1 1/2 cups. And according to Dr. Fuhrman, nuts and seeds are perfectly adapted for human consumption.

Other studies have shown omega-3 fatty acids boost brain power and eye health and reduce the risk of type-1 diabetes and lower the likelihood of having another stroke.

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