Eat more berries for a healthier liver

healthwomen.jpgEating more berries on a daily basis may reduce levels of aminotransferase, an enzyme associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), by 23 percent, according to a new study.

NAFLD, which is on a rise in America, is linked to central obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and CVD.

In the study, 31 women were split into two groups. One group received an extra 163 grams of lingonberry, sea buckthron berry, bilberry and black currant in their daily diet. After 20 weeks, the group of women who ate more berries showed a 23 percent lower level of the aminotransferase.

According to Dr. Heikki Kallio, who led the study, a diet rich in berries reduces the levels of inflammatory markers. However, the lower markers are not due to antioxidants, which are often associated with berry consumption. Instead, the fruits increase adiponectin, which is a protein hormone linked to metabolic processes that is inversely linked to body fat levels.

The findings were published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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