Love your liver with seafood
by Ashleigh Feltham
Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is the most common type of fatty liver disease worldwide. NAFLD puts you at greater risk of other diseases such as heart disease and can progress to more serious conditions such as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and cancer. NAFLD is increasing at the same rate as obesity and is becoming an epidemic in society. There are many ways you can reduce your risk of this chronic disease including diet and exercise.
Your liver is vital for detoxification, immune function and metabolism of nutrients in your body. As the largest organ in your body, you want it functioning optimally. People with NAFLD have a high amount of saturated and monounsaturated fat in their liver but a low amount of omega-3 fat. Having low levels of Omega 3 (which has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect), leads to liver cell damage due to chronic inflammation and oxidative stress, cell disfunction and scarring in liver tissue.
Omega-3 fat found in foods like Safcol Seafood helps reduce the amount of fat in your liver in people with NAFLD. Omega-3 fat can also help reduce your risk of developing associated diseases and minimise adverse health consequences.
To prevent excess fat developing in your liver in the first place, the recommendation is to include omega-3 fat from foods like Safcol Seafood. The two parts which make up the omega-3 fat, namely, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) can help reduce the negative effects on your liver from the typical Western Diet. The typical Western diet is one which consumes excess red and processed meat, refined carbohydrates, added sugar and ultra-processed foods. Also, it’s low in fruit, legumes and vegetables and seafood.
By swapping out some red meat meals for seafood 2-3 times a week and adding few plant-based protein meals like tofu or legumes you will be doing wonders for your liver health. Also, remember not to eat occasional foods like take away and fast foods as a staple diet, also find ways that you enjoy exercising each day. The build-up of fat around your mid-region called central adiposity also puts stress on your organs inhibiting their optimal function.
Take home message
Love your liver by enjoying Safcol Seafood as a regular part of each week.
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