Your gallbladder is a sac-like organ located directly underneath your liver, and its primary responsibility is to store a digestive enzyme known as bile. The official definition of gallbladder disease is a medical condition that causing inflammation of this organ as well as the development of small calcium/cholesterol-rich stones known as gallstones. One of the most common ways to treat and prevent gallbladder disease is by altering what type of foods you consume. Preliminary scientific evidence suggests that eating nuts can potentially reduce the duration and severity of gallbladder disease and gallstones.
Before explaining how much nuts you should eat, and the type of nuts, I want to talk about the nutritional benefits of nuts. Nuts contain a high volume of bioactive constituents, yet it is suggested by initial studies that the fatty acids, phytosterols and dietary fiber may help prevent and treat gallbladder disease and gallstones.
“The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” suggests that when you consume nuts your body becomes more sensitive to insulin as well as increasing the circulation of bile acids within your intestines all while stopping the absorption of dietary cholesterol. All three of these actions are believed by researchers to help reduce the frequency and severity of gallstones – especially cholesterol gallstones.
According to information published by the American Journal of Epidemiology, men who ate a minimum of 5 oz. of mixed nuts per week had a significant risk reduction regarding gallstone disease development. The same is also true for women based on a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition where researchers found women who ate the same amount of nuts per week had a 25 percent decrease in gallbladder disease.
Upon publication of this article, there is not an official recommended dosage of nuts for the treatment or prevention of gallbladder disease. However, due to the studies cited above, it may be best to consume a minimum of 5 ounces of nuts per week. Always talk with your doctor before altering your diet.
Although further scientific investigations are required to determine the true effectiveness of nuts for gallbladder disease and gallstones, the University of Maryland Medical Center suggests consuming nuts such as almonds and walnuts may have the strongest anti-gallbladder disease qualities.
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