How nutrition can help patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
There is no cure at present for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), but changes in eating habits can be beneficial, such as lowering your calorie intake, adhering to a Mediterranean diet, and consuming pre- and probiotics. Specifically, the antioxidant function of vitamin E when consumed in high doses appears to play a useful role in preventing further liver damage. Further, vitamin D has antifibrotic effects, which may prove an effective intervention in future NAFLD studies.
Using marine omega-3s to revitalize brain function in the elderly via restoration of mitochondrial function
Mitochondria, the cells energy powerhouse, slowly loose function with ageing. Professor Eckert of the Nutritional Neuroscience research group at Goethe University, Frankfurt, has demonstrated that mitochondrial dysfunction can produce age-related cognitive impairment, but normal function can be largely restored with an intervention of fish oil.
Recent studies of healthy children in the Indian subcontinent show that around 90% are vitamin D deficient (serum 25(OH)D below 50 nmol/l). Clinical indications of the deficiency seen as bone formation abnormalities were visible in around 10% of these children.
A new study has shown that, after a four-week daily high dose intervention, fish oils, fish oil ethyl esters and krill oil have almost the same bioavailability in red blood cells and plasma when levels of EPA and DHA are matched. There was no evidence that the high phospholipid content or antioxidant content of krill oil improved the bioavailability of EPA and DHA.