Omega-3s May Make Your Liver Healthier
Omega-3 essential fatty acids derived from fish may benefit people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease according to a recent review published in the December 2009 issue of the journal Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics.
Researchers from the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland reviewed 4 human studies. When the researchers pooled the data from the 4 studies, they found that marine sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids can improve liver function and increase insulin sensitivity among people with fatty liver disease.
Fatty liver disease is the build-up of excess fat in the liver cells which can result in inflammation of the liver and even lead to liver failure.
As obesity rates rise in the US, so does the prevalence of fatty liver disease. Currently, estimates show that between 25%-50% of Americans have fatty liver disease.
The researchers believe that the anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fatty acids play in role in it's ability to combat fatty liver disease. However, further studies will be necessary to confirm the link between omega-3 fatty acid intake and liver health.
Numerous studies have already found a link between the omega-3 fatty acids in oily fish and improvements in heart health, cognitive function and eye health.
With the body of evidence backing the health benefits of omega-3s growing almost daily, it makes sense to try incorporating more of these essential fatty acids in your everyday diet.
Salmon, mackerel, lake trout and albacore tuna all have very high omega-3 levels. If you opt for a supplement, be sure that it is a quality supplement high in DHA and EPA and certified for purity.