While maintaining a healthy weight and taking other reasonable precautions to optimize health, including eating a nutrient-dense diet and getting regular exercise, are important ways to prevent this disease, a recent study found that chronic exposure to even very low doses of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide can also be linked to the development of NAFLD.
The study, conducted by a research team from King’s College London and published in the journal Scientific Reports, concluded:
[C]hronic consumption of extremely low levels of a GBH formulation (Roundup), at admissible glyphosate-equivalent concentrations, are associated with marked alterations of the liver proteome and metabolome. These changes in molecular profile overlap substantially with biomarkers of NAFLD and its progression to NASH [Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis].
The research team reached this conclusion after exposing two groups of 10 Harlan Sprague-Dawley rats to exactly the same environmental conditions for a two-year period, with the control group receiving plain water each day, while the test group was given water supplemented with 1.1?×?10?8% of Roundup.
Natural Health 365 reported:
[The study] used cutting-edge analytical methods such as protein composition profile and small molecule metabolite biochemical profile.
These techniques showed biomarkers of NAFLD and its progression to steatohepatitis – a more advanced form of fatty liver disease – and confirmed liver dysfunction, as well as cell damage from oxidative stress. Roundup-treated female rats showed 3 times more anatomical signs of pathology than rats in the control group.
As noted by Natural Health 365, the dosage of Roundup used in the study was a whopping 437,000 times lower than the levels permitted in American tap water. This was the first study to look at the effects of exposure to such low doses of the herbicide; previous studies only looked at the effects of mega-doses.
The researchers called these results “very worrying” and led them to push for new guidelines regarding the safety of glyphosate-based herbicides.