A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition suggests that green tea may stop the build-up of fatty deposits in the liver – offering yet another beneficial use – as a lipotropic.
Though the actual study was done with mice, researchers are confident that there could be a similar effect with humans.
Fatty liver is usually a symptomless condition associated with alcoholism, though more recently it has been on the rise due to non-alcohol related factors – nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
The study suggested that the green tea extract worked by decreasing intestinal fat absorption or altering liver fat metabolism.
“In conclusion, this study provides evidence that GTE (Greent Tea Extract) protects against the development of hepatic steatosis…” (i.e. fatty liver) “…and reduces hepatic injury…” (i.e. liver damage).
Bruno, R.S., Dugan, C.E., Smyth, J.A., DiNatale, D.A., Koo, S.I., “Green tea extract protects leptin-deficient, spontaneously obese mice from hepatic steatosis and injury”, Journal of Nutrition, Volume 138, Pages 323-331, February 2008.
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