Plant-based diets improve liver function particularly in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), in keeping with research published within the Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases.
Researchers included 26 participants with NAFLD on a plant-based diet for 6 months and tracked weight, calorie intake, and liver function. Dietitians followed participant dietary adherence via monthly phone calls or clinic visits.
Result findings showed weight loss and enhancements in liver enzymes toward normal levels. Increased consumption of plant-based foods improved antioxidant intake and gut microbiota beneficial to liver enzymes.
These findings support plant-based dietary approaches for disease treatment and also the prevention of associated chronic conditions including hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis, or hepatocarcinoma.
Chiarioni G, Popa SL, Dalbeni A, et al. Vegan diet advice might benefit liver enzymes in nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: An open observational pilot study. J Gastrointestin Liver Dis. Published online February 4, 2021. DOI: 10.15403/jgld-3064.