The presence of fat in the liver is normal. However, as soon as this fat represents more than 5 to 10% of the total weight of the liver, we suffer from what is called “non-alcoholic fatty liver disease”, a syndrome which more and more French people.
A previous study had already shown that coffee could have a protective effect against fatty liver disease. New research from the University of Colorado (United States) shows that a compound in kiwifruit called pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ), would also reduce the concentration of fat in the liver. The results of this research have been published in the journal Hepatology.
A compound found in kiwis, celery and papaya
American researchers have found that fatty liver disease develops earlier and earlier, especially in children whose mothers ate a diet high in fat during their pregnancy. “Growing evidence suggests that exposure to maternal obesity creates an inflammatory environment in utero” explains Professor Karen Jonscher, main author of the study.
For this study, the researchers supplemented mice with PQQ, which they also imposed a high-fat diet. This enabled them to observe that the weight gain of the mice born to these rodents under PQQ was lower than that of the mice whose mothers did not receive PQQ.
Prof. Jonscher and his colleagues therefore believe that PQQ could be a viable candidate for the prevention of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
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