Whey Protein Improves Fatty Liver and Lowers Cholesterol
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
Obese nondiabetic women who consumed 60 grams of whey protein per day1 (20 grams three times per day) for four weeks had a 20 percent reduction in unhealthy liver fat, 15 percent reduction in triglycerides, and seven percent reduction in total cholesterol.
Fatty liver is a major health problem in overweight individuals. Once white adipose tissue has too much in storage, excess fat builds up in the liver, and eventually in arteries and organs. I call this “fat in all the wrong places.” The liver is the primary metabolic factory in your body. Once it starts becoming clogged with fat, metabolism goes awry at the primary point of calorie distribution for your body. This causes many problems, including a higher risk for cardiovascular disease.
Your liver factory runs on protein as a raw material. It is astounding that 60 grams of whey protein per day can unclog liver fat, reducing the buildup by 20 percent in just four weeks. As would be expected, improved liver health enables better triglyceride and cholesterol metabolism, which will not only help weight loss but is also protective to the cardiovascular system.
The program used in this study is similar to my program for helping people jump-start their weight loss. I have seen this help many people over the years. I wrote about this basic strategy three years ago in Protein and Fiber – the Foundation for Healthy Weight Loss. You may want to give it a try if you are feeling sluggish, stuck, or struggle to get on a good weight loss trend.
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