Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a condition that causes fat to build up inside of the liver. It is estimated that 30 to 40 percent of the adult population suffers from this condition. It is often caused by obesity. There are currently no treatments for this condition.
Doctors typically recommend that patients eat healthier, exercise and lose weight in order to reduce the fat in their liver. A new study has shown that there is another way that non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can be reversed. They found that inorganic nitrate can reduce the build up of fat inside of the liver. This compound is found inside of leafy, green vegetables.
The study involved three groups of mice. One group had their normal diet. Another group was fed a Western diet. The other group was given inorganic nitrate supplements and ate a high-fat diet. The mice that were fed a Western diet gained weight. They also had an increase in blood sugar.
However, the rats that were fed inorganic nitrate gained less weight and had lower blood sugar levels. They also had lower blood pressure and better insulin control. Previous studies have found that leafy green vegetables have a number of positive health effects. They can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Mattias Carlstrom was one of the researchers in the study. He stated that while previous studies have shown that leafy greens are good for health, they have not shown what compounds make them healthy. None of the previous studies have focused on nitrate.
Mattias stated that you do not have to eat a lot of vegetables to reap the benefits. In fact, even if you only get 200 grams of leafy greens a day, you will still be benefiting your health. However, many people are still not eating enough vegetables.