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Can switching to a Mediterranean diet help those with liver disease? Experts say YES

In the 1960s, inhabitants of Crete, Greece and Southern Italy had some of the lowest rates of chronic diseases and some of the highest life expectancies in the world. According to research, this was the result of eating more fruits and vegetables traditionally grown in their region, as well as plenty of nuts, seeds, beans, seafood and olive oil. This eating pattern came to be known as the Mediterranean diet, and numerous studies have associated it with lower risks of serious conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and cognitive impairment. But the benefits of the Mediterranean diet are not limited to just disease prevention. In a recent study, Greek researchers investigated how the diet could help patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) or simple steatosis. They found that adhering to the Mediterranean diet for 24 weeks resulted in significant improvements, particularly in the clinical, biochemical and inflammatory profiles of NAFLD patients. Their full report about these findings was published in the Journal of Medicinal Food. Read more....

 

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