A new study suggests that a naturally occurring compound found in certain vegetables, such as cauliflower and broccoli, could help treat a common liver disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD),media reported. The study, from Texas-based A.M. AgriLife Research, helped people who already had the disease, but found that the same compound struck a way that could help prevent the disease.
In short, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease refers to clinical pathological syndromes characterized by excessive fat deposition in liver cells due to alcohol and other clear liver damage factors. If it is not for alcohol, this condition may be caused by eating too much saturated fat, type 2 diabetes, gastric bypass surgery and high cholesterol levels.
For this situation, there is no single standard treatment. Instead, doctors tend to focus on treating major health problems that cause the disease, such as having patients change their diet. The newly published study found that crucive vegetables may be a direct treatment because they contain a beneficial compound: pyridine. Some gut bacteria also produce this compound.
The study involved 137 participants. The researchers found that subjects with a higher BMI were also more likely to have lower levels of the drug, especially when comparing obese subjects with lean ervehs. Participants with lower levels of radon were also found to have higher levels of fat in their livers.
The team further tested the animals. Compared to mice that were not given pyridine, the mice given the compound had “significantly less inflammation” in the liver and “significantly less” liver fat. Similar effects were observed in individual cells tested with radon. Although further research is necessary, the results suggest that regular consumption of vegetables containing radon may help protect liver health.