There are a number of studies on the benefits of natural or herbal remedies for various health conditions. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a relatively common condition, with excessive buildup of fat in the liver. Excessive alcohol can also do this, but NAGLD is diagnosed when there’s no history of alcohol. Typically, there’s an increased risk of metabolic syndrome (obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes, and hypertension).
This new study found that ingesting cinnamon led to a significant drop in LDL levels in patients with NAFLD. There were other significant drops in inflammatory makers, such as levels of the HOMA (Homeostatic Model Assessment) index, fasting blood glucose, triglyceride, total cholesterol, alanine aminotransferase and aspartate aminotransferase. Gamma glutamine transpeptidase and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) also were significantly lower.
Notice how NAFLD seems to be related to cardiovascular risk factors, including the metabolic syndrome, heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. It’s not too coincidental that there are a number of studies showing a high rate of NAFLD in patients with obstructive sleep apnea. Numerous studies have shown a strong association between OSA and NAFLD. Here’s a good review article on this association. It’s thought that repeated episodes of low oxygen levels cause damage to the liver cells.
Another connection to two more links in my sleep-breathing paradigm.