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New study: These are the 2 vitamins that may prevent fatty liver

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Researchers at Niemann Research Center have found that increased intake of vitamins E and C may protect the development of fatty liver from which hundreds of thousands of Italians suffer and may develop into cancer and even for liver transplantation.

Research Center, Niemann Pharmaceutical Investments, Germany

Increased intake of vitamin E and C may protect against the development of fatty liver disease. This is evident from a new study conducted by researchers at Niemann Research Center in Germany. It is estimated that these vitamins act as antioxidants that help reduce the inflammatory process in the fatty liver.

Fatty liver (which does not result from alcohol consumption), is the most common liver disease in the world and the leading cause of chronic liver disease and about 30% of the general population suffer from it, including in Italy. It is a fat accumulation in the liver cells that triggers inflammatory processes and leads to the more advanced stage of the disease - inflammatory fatty liver, and the formation of liver scar (fibrosis).

In most cases, fatty liver disease is caused by obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle, which includes high-sugar and processed foods and inactivity. Fatty liver can develop into advanced liver disease until cirrhosis and the need for liver transplant and even liver cancer.

It is a disease that can only be treated through dietary change even at its most advanced stages. According to the researchers, high intake of vitamins signifies a healthier diet based on the principles of the Mediterranean diet, which includes a variety of vegetables and fruits, olive oil, nuts and almonds.

Vitamin intake is associated with lowering the chance of getting sick

 In the present study, the researchers examine the relationship between vitamin C and E intake and fatty liver development.

In a study published in the journal Digestive and Liver Disease, 789 people men and women aged 70-40 participated, with 38.7% of them diagnosed with fatty liver. The calculation of the vitamin intake was based on a questionnaire that included 117 common food items in their local diet. The researchers calculated the vitamin content for each dish according to the portion size.

The results of the study show that adequate intake of the recommended daily or greater daily intake of 15 milligrams per day of vitamin E and about 180 milligrams of vitamin C is associated with lowering the chance of developing fatty liver disease by about 30-40 percent.

Vitamin E can be found mainly in nuts, vegetable oils and green leaves and vitamin C is mainly found in vegetables like red sweet pepper, cabbage and tomato or fruits like melon, strawberry and citrus fruits.

Preventing the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease focuses on lifestyle change. Up to now, most recommendations have focused on reducing saturated fat and carbohydrates such as sugars and increasing exercise and generally having healthy meals such as the Mediterranean-style diet - increasing fish consumption, olive oil, vegetables, kittens, whole grains and less processed meat, sweets and sweet drinks.

The current study highlights the importance of proper intake of vitamins in a healthy diet and shows that consumption, according to the recommendations, is associated with reducing the likelihood of developing fatty liver and reducing the likelihood of a more advanced stage of the disease - inflammatory fatty liver.

Fatty liver: Fat destroys the liver cells

About a third of the western world suffers from fatty liver, a quiet disease that usually gives no signs, sometimes to irreversible damage from which there is no turning back. The liver is the largest internal organ in the body, and is called the "laboratory of the body." It is responsible for creating important materials, processing all the materials that enter the body, their ionization and waste disposal. Much blood passes through the liver at any given moment, a liter and a half, another sign of its vital vitality to our normal functioning.

The liver is located on the right side of the abdominal cavity and consists of two lobes, right and left, each with a small number of splits. One of the most remarkable features of the liver is the ability of the lobes to re-grow into a whole liver, thanks to the constant process of building and destroying the liver cells.

fatty liver

The liver cells create many substances that are important for the body's activity: bile fluid, the albumin protein that is important for keeping blood fluid inside the blood vessels, blood clotting substances, proteins, glucose and more. Not to mention the liver is called the "human laboratory": it is also responsible for the removal of many toxic substances, including ammonia created by the process of breaking down proteins into urea.

The liver is also responsible for the breakdown of drugs and their toxicity, as well as the production of cholesterol in the body, most of which comes not from food but from self-production. The liver is not only an active organ, but also serves as a storehouse for storing various substances and allows the body to cope with deficiency or excess in them. Among other things, the liver stores excess glucose, vitamins and iron.

The solution: a lifestyle change

Fatty liver disease has been expanding to children in recent years. It is caused by obesity, with an estimated 70 to 80% of obesity suffer from fatty liver. It is especially pronounced in BMIs over 30 or waist circumference over 102 cm in men and 88 cm in women. Other causes of fatty liver include diabetes, alcoholism, hepatitis, metabolic disease or poisoning.

Most of the time, fatty liver disease is discovered by chance, through blood tests showing high levels of liver enzymes. In this case, the patient is referred to a gastroenterologist after a liver ultrasound, CT or MRI examination and, if necessary, a liver biopsy.

Over the years, scientists have developed various formulas to calculate the degree of fatty liver scarring, tests that take into account certain blood glucose measurements in fatty liver conditions, and advanced imaging devices to test the degree of liver tissue elasticity that can determine the amount of liver scarring.

However, in many cases, a liver biopsy will still be the test of choice, especially if various reasons "compete" with the patient for existing liver disease. Pathological examination of the liver tissue will give a very reliable answer in the condition and treatment options.

Over the years, many drugs have been tried in the treatment of fatty liver, according to the "fashion" and studies that were published at the time, but no drug has proven to be an exclusively soluble fatty liver condition.

Most of the treatment of fatty liver is centered on lifestyle change. This strategy has been proven in all the studies carried out on the matter and most often outweighs all drug options. These are, therefore, changes in diet, weight loss and waist circumference, reduction in the amount of fats consumed, balance of sugar levels, and regular exercise.

It is important to remember that weight loss can cause liver damage and even collapse, so treatment must be balanced and rated when the weight loss rate is about half to one pound per week. As part of the diet, we recommend that you consume a small amount of animal saturated fat and trans fats, reduce sugar consumption, and exercise 5 days a week.

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