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The #1 Best Supplement to Stop Fatty Liver Disease, New Research Suggests

Learn more about this marine-derived mineral.
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If you're dealing with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease—which involves liver cells holding on to an unhealthy amount of fat—then you're certainly not alone.

It happens to be a health issue that around 25% of people in the United States face, according to the Mayo Clinic. This also means that plenty of people are surely hoping to find ways to manage fatty liver disease, which is why you might be interested to find out that a recent study has found that a certain supplement might be your best bet.

Findings that were presented at the American Society for Investigative Pathology event which was held during the Experimental Biology 2022 meeting (via EurekAlert!), showed that aquamin—a marine-derived multi-mineral—could be an effective way to keep non-alcoholic fatty liver disease from getting worse.

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What does that mean? Well, fatty liver disease can "develop [into] a more aggressive form known as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)" before it "progress[es] to fibrosis, advanced scarring known as cirrhosis, liver failure, and cancer."

According to research team leader Muhammad Nadeem Aslam, MD, from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the latest results confirmed earlier findings that minerals "may have the potential to reduce the downstream consequences of fatty liver disease."

"Findings like these, that mineral supplementation can help with liver health in this area, are encouraging and worth moving forward in further research," Lisa Richards, nutritionist and author of The Candida Diet, tells Eat This, Not That!.

When it comes to how aquamin might help the body and stop fatty liver disease from getting worse, Richards explains, "Calcium, in particular, seems to be the driving force behind aquamin's effectiveness in treating this particular liver condition. Though it has yet to be understood the mechanism of action that makes calcium so effective in this process, further studies are being conducted on exactly how."

When it comes to potentially using aquamin yourself, Richards points out, "As with any supplement it is important to get clearance from your healthcare provider prior to adding it to your regimen."

To find out more about keeping your liver healthy as well as what can damage it, be sure to read Eating This Food Can Cause Fatty Liver Disease, New Research Shows.

Desirée O
Desirée O is a freelance writer who covers lifestyle, food, and nutrition news among other topics. Read more about Desirée