A recently published study (25th May 2016) has made some breakthroughs in regards to the role of flaxseed oil in protecting against alcohol induced fatty liver disease. In particular, the study focused on the compound α-linolenic acid which is abundant in flaxseed oil.
It was found that mice subjected to ethanol consumption had an increase in the uptake of fatty acids within their liver leading to hepatic steatosis. Subsequently, α-linolenic acid (ALA) rich flaxseed oil was supplemented and a reversion of the fatty acid accumulation was allegedly observed. The means through which this occurred was believed to be partly due to lower endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress within the liver cells.
The findings suggest that α-linolenic acid-rich flaxseed oil prevents against alcoholic hepatic steatosis via ameliorating lipid homeostasis at adipose tissue-liver axis.
Study review: Leaf Mother
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