The American Liver Foundation notes that eating a healthy diet along with regular exercise helps the liver to work well. Eating an unhealthy diet may lead to liver disease. Consider that a person who eats a lot of fatty foods is at higher risk of being overweight and suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. You should eat foods from all the food groups, including grains, protein, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and fats. Science Daily reported on Aug. 16, 2013, Coffee and Tea May Contribute to a Healthy Liver.
Increased caffeine intake may reduce fatty liver in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to an international team of researchers led by Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS) and the Duke University School of Medicine. Internationally, 70 percent of people who are diagnosed with diabetes and obesity have NAFLD, which is the major cause of fatty liver not due to excessive alcohol consumption.
It has been estimated that 30 percent of adults in the United States have this condition, No effective treatments are available for NAFLD except diet and exercise. This research has been accepted for publication by the journal Hepatology. The study authors used cell culture and mouse models for this research. The researchers observed that caffeine stimulates the metabolization of lipids which are stored in liver cells and decreased the fatty liver of mice that were fed a high-fat diet.
These findings have suggested that consuming the equivalent caffeine intake of four cups of coffee or tea a day may be beneficial in helping to prevent and protect against the progression of NAFLD in people. Dr. Paul Yen, one of the researchers, said, "Coffee and tea are so commonly consumed and the notion that they may be therapeutic, especially since they have a reputation for being "bad" for health, is especially enlightening."