A recent study conducted by researchers at Harvard University has borne 'fruit' proving that including plenty of fruits and vegetables to your diet could actually curb gall stone formation.
The results of the extensive study led by Dr. Chung-Jyi Tsai which spanned over a substantial period of 16 years, from 1984-2000, which scrutinized the dietary patterns and incidence of gall bladder removal among 77,090 female nurses aged between37-64 years, was published by The American Journal of Medicine in its September2006 issue.
AdvertisementDuring this epic experimental studies closely studied the dietary regimen of those women who had to undergo surgery to remove gall bladder stones. This often involves the complete removal of the gall bladder itself. It was clearly perceived that those women who had included plenty of fruits in their diet were 21% less likely to undergo cholecystectomy(a surgical procedure to remove the gall bladder from the body). This statistics was consistently stable even when other risk factors like systemic illnesses like Diabetes ,age, body weight, varied from one person to another.
This has reinforced the belief that including lots of fruits and vegetables which are a inextinguishable source of a wide gamut of essential nutrients inclusive of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants and vitamins and trace elements like magnesium necessary to prevent gall stone formation, has a big role to play. However the study could not downsize the effects of the other life style factors that could reduce risk of gall stone formation. There has been proven former evidences of the beneficial aspect of increased vegetable and fruit intake as seen in vegetarians who seem to be lesser prone to suffer from gall stone formation.
Gall stones are chiefly composed of cholesterol, which implies that a diet laden with sugars and animal fats which are rich in cholesterol precipitate chances of gall stone formation.
Alternative medicine and herbal preparations are also available to counter this malady, which opens new vistas for those who would like a non invasive method to treat gall stones.