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Cirrhosis, Muscular Strength, and Antioxidants

I have designed many protocols for different liver conditions for many years, and for some reason, fatty liver and Cirrhosis have risen up as of late. 

So let's continue to enlighten ourselves on with research that shows us what kinds of foods actually help these conditions. 

The group of de Freitas Lima et al. (2020) researched the total antioxidant levels in the diet of 62 outpatients with cirrhosis, and the association between high levels of antioxidant and severity of liver disease along with muscle strength (hand grip and arm muscles). 

According to de Freitas et al., changes in muscle strength show up before it appears in lab markers. 

The study was conducted in a university hospital - University of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil- at the Hepatology dept. It is detailed with excellent description of the participants life style (smoking, alcohol) and  co-morbidities, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, edema, and more. 

The evaluation of the dietary total antioxidant capacity (dTAC) was done via a food frequency questionnaire (I have added the reference of Mankato et al. for validation of the assessment). 

Their findings? Indeed, the higher antioxidant levels in the diet, the better protection against oxidative damage and related clinical complications, and in this study, researchers found a positive association between dTAC and muscle strength.

Enjoy the article, and find ways to eat more fruits, veggies, coffee/tea, legumes.

Our suggestion for high antioxidant:  High ORAC Synbiotic



  • de Freitas Lima, L., de Faria Ghetti, F., Hermsdorff, H. H. M., de Oliveira, D. G., Teixeira, G., de Castro Ferreira, L. E. V. V., & Moreira, A. P. B. (2020). Dietary total antioxidant capacity is positively associated with muscular strength in cirrhotic outpatients: a cross‐sectional study. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics33(1), 78-85.  Article
  • Kim, H., Suzuki, T., Saito, K., Yoshida, H., Kojima, N., Kim, M., ... & Tokimitsu, I. (2013). Effects of exercise and tea catechins on muscle mass, strength and walking ability in community‐dwelling elderly Japanese sarcopenic women: a randomized controlled trial. Geriatrics & gerontology international13(2), 458-465. Abstract

    Yours as always,


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     Add vitamin D to the diet as well!

    Yang, F., Ren, H., Gao, Y., Zhu, Y., & Huang, W. (2019). The value of severe vitamin D deficiency in predicting the mortality risk of patients with liver cirrhosis: A meta-analysis. Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology, 43(6), 722-729.

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