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Can the Mediterranean Diet help your Liver?

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is a common medical condition that effects about 100 million Americans. This disease can cause the need for a liver transplant and has devastating effects on the body.

The good news is new studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet could be a solution to this disease. In a small 2017 study looking at 584 patients who were in outpatient treatment for various reasons. 82.7% of them had the disease.

The study found that the closer patients followed the Mediterranean diet, the less likely they were to have fatty liver disease.

Another study conducted in Iran confirmed this, finding that the closer people followed this diet, the less likely they were to have the disease. They were also less likely to have diseases that tend to be associated with NAFLD, such as Type 2 Diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and fatty liver disease.

Mediterranean diet may help with weight loss
Studies have found that not only can the Mediterranean diet help in reducing the risk of NAFLD, but it may also help if you already have it. The most reliable way to improve NAFLD is weight loss. Even a modest loss of 5%-10% body weight can make a huge difference in the health of the liver.
The Mediterranean diet is built on foods that support a healthy weight. There are promising studies that indicate that the Mediterranean diet can help reverse NAFLD and improve the liver’s condition.

May help even with those in good weight
In some cases, NAFLD can occur in people who are a healthy weight. It turns out, the Mediterranean diet can help in these people also, particularly in those people who drank green tea, or ate duckweed or walnuts.

There’s evidence that indicates that healthy eating can benefit the liver of those suffering from NAFLD, even if they are a healthy weight.

Helps reduce related diseases
People who suffer from NAFLD also tend to be less sensitive to insulin. This can lead to other conditions such as diabetes. The good news is the Mediterranean diet can help with this also. Eating a diet that closely follows the Mediterranean diet can help keep the body sensitive to insulin.

The Mediterranean diet is a good diet for nearly everyone. If you are at risk for fatty liver disease, or already have the disease, switching your diet can be a big help. The Mediterranean diet is a rich and varied diet filled with whole grains, deliciously seasoned vegetables, good quality fats, and so much more.
You’ll never feel restricted because it is easy to model even familiar foods to follow the diet, and the food itself is often unique and delicious.
If you want to make a better change for your health but aren’t sure how, stop by Aladdin’s. Our food is made from high quality fresh produce, and we have a huge variety of delicious Mediterranean foods to try. A stop at our restaurant could be the first step on a journey to better health.