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Antioxidant Present in Breast Milk Reduces Risk of Liver Disease

By jeremyc | January 8, 2017

Many believe antioxidants help prevent certain chronic conditions, like cancer and heart disease, as they have the ability to offer protection from cell damage. Latest research hints an antioxidant found in breast milk might also offer protection from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

The most common source of antioxidants is vegetables and fruits. Examples of antioxidants include carotenoids, selenium, and Vitamin C and E. More than one study has shown a diet containing lots of vegetables and fruits to be helpful against chronic diseases. What’s not clear, though, is what exactly offers protection against chronic diseases—antioxidants or other substances present in vegetables and fruits.

Latest research has linked one particular antioxidant with reduced risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD for short. This antioxidant occurs naturally in breast milk, besides foods like kiwi, celery, and soy. The name of the antioxidant is pyrroloquinoline quinine or PQQ.

In the study, the researchers administered PQQ prenatally to obese mice. They found that PQQ treatment lowered not only the liver fat but also body fat in obese offspring.

The number of cases of NAFLD is increasing. It is more common than any other chronic liver disease in the U.S. In fact, it accounts for 75 percent of cases of all chronic liver disease in the country.

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