Researchers found that hawthorn could reduce fatty liver, the levels of triglyceride, cholesterol, and glucose, and oxidative stress damage in animal models. This study demonstrates the potential of hawthorn as a therapeutic agent in the treatment of hyperlipidemia (excess of lipids, such as cholesterol and triglycerides, in the blood).
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Therapeutic Potential of Natural Antioxidants
Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) have strong free radical scavenging abilities. Free radicals can damage our body’s cells, and even our DNA. OPCs can protect the liver against injuries from toxic substances, and also protect it from fatty liver disease. Other plant nutrients like flavonoids, such as flavanonols, flavonols, and isoflavones, and nonflavonoids like gallic acid, may also protect against liver diseases, including liver cancer. These plant nutrients can be found in a variety of foods, such as hawthorn, Hovenia dulcis, strawberries, grapes, and soy.
Liver disease, involving a wide range of liver pathologies from fatty liver, hepatitis, and fibrosis to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, is a serious health problem worldwide. In recent years, many natural foods and herbs with abundant phytochemicals have been proposed as health supplementation for patients with hepatic disorders.
Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is one of the most important causes of liver-related death. In one the study, Oligomeric proanthocyanidins, a set of bioflavonoid complexes having strong free radical scavenging ability, protected liver from alcohol-induced injury and steatosis through decreasing the expressions of lipid synthesis genes and inflammation genes.
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