Chinese researchers have amassed data suggesting that an odd pairing, shellfish and tea, appear to have benefits to offer those suffering from certain types of liver disease. The reason the pairing works, according to scientists, is due to the phenol in the tea and the taurine (an amino acid) in the shellfish. The disease impeded by this unique combination is non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, a condition where the liver is invaded by and adversely affected by fats and lipids, even where alcohol is not a factor. The disease is the leading cause of transplants of the liver in the U.S. While some natural treatments have shown promise in the area of mitigating the steatosis, that is the fat-accumulation indicative of the disease, the same modalities have not helped the inflammation. Taurine has proven itself capable of assisting in both areas. Data shows, however, that taurine combined with phenol is the best and most promising option.
- Chinese researchers have amassed data, showing that an odd couple may have healing power when it comes to liver disease.
- The power of the designated couple, shellfish and tea, stems from the taurine in the shellfish and the polyphenols, intrinsic to the tea.
- The researchers discovered the combo had a positive impact on a nonalcohol related liver disease affecting 15% of the Chinese population.
“Their new study shows that the combination of taurine and tea polyphenols can prevent the onset of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).”