Green Tea Supports a Healthy Liver
According to a new study, green tea extract may keep fatty deposits from building up in the liver; thus preventing fatty liver disease, one of the silent diseases linked to obesity. Fatty liver disease is a condition without symptoms that’s known to increase liver inflammation and ultimately lead to liver failure. The results of this study suggest that green tea extract works against this disease by decreasing intestinal fat absorption and altering liver fat metabolism. (Journal of Nutrition. 138: 323-331, 2008.)
This study supports previous research that has found green tea extract can help with weight loss—the primary recommendation for those with fatty liver disease—by increasing energy metabolism and fatty acid oxidation; inhibiting fat cell development, reducing fat absorption and increasing fat excretion. The researchers are planning to further study the ways that green tea extract protects against fatty liver disease.
The Anti-Aging Bottom Line: Because of the rising obesity rates in the U.S., the prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease has increased. 40 million Americans are afflicted with this condition, according to this study’s researchers. Keep your liver healthy and lose the excess weight that can cause this disease by taking a green tea extract supplement and drinking green tea whenever you get the chance.
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Article updated on: April 9th, 2008