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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
One More Reason To Take Probiotics: They Protect Against Liver Damage
Probiotics are known for supporting a healthy gastrointestinal tract and promoting good digestion, but new research has shown that these friendly microbes can benefit more than just your gut. It turns out probiotic bacteria can also help keep your liver in tip-top shape by protecting the vital organ against all kinds of damage — and may even help protect against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Recent research out of Emory University has highlighted some of the the system-wide benefits that can be achieved with probiotic supplementation.
The study, led by Bejan Saeedi, a doctoral candidate at Emory, stated, “Probiotics have been studied most intensely in the context of the gastrointestinal tract. This study provides evidence that the effects of probiotics extend beyond the gastrointestinal tract. What makes this study unique is that it suggests a discreet molecular mechanism by which these effects are elicited.”
Probiotics protect liver health
To conduct the study, Saeedi and his team fed mice a diet supplemented with a specific strain of probiotic bacteria, known as Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) for a two-week period. LGG is a common strain of bacteria used in probiotic supplements.
After the supplementation period ended , the mice were given high doses of acetaminophen — the active ingredient in popular over-the-counter pain medication. Too much acetaminophen can lead to serious liver damage and even death. As Science Dailyreports, acetaminophen increases the abundance of free radicals and oxidative stress in the liver, which is highly damaging. (MORE)