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Probiotics and fatty liver disease

30 July 14

Researchers from the University of Granada have shown that addition of probiotics to the diet can lead to a reduction in the accumulation of fat in the liver. This could be useful in the fight against non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is strongly linked to obesity and occurrence of type 2 diabetes, both of which are becoming increasingly common, especially in the western world where people have relatively sedentary lifestyles and a greater tendency to over consume.

In this study, specially bred rats prone to weight gain were allowed unlimited access to food. A control group of 'lean' rats were also allowed the same unlimited supply of food.

The rats which were prone to gain weight were divided into 4 groups, three of which were provided with a probiotic supplement containing either Lactobacillus paracasei, Bifidobacterium breve or Lactobacillus rhamnosus. The fourth group was provided with a placebo supplement. After a period of thirty days the liver functions of all the groups of rats in the study were tested.

In all cases where a probiotic had been supplied, the prevalence of lipids (in particular triglycerides) in the liver was significantly lower, even when compared to those of the 'lean' control rats. Whilst the research does not show that the consumption of probiotics will reduce cure NAFLD, it suggests that probiotic materials could be useful when taken as part of other treatments. [ScienceDaily, NutraIngredients]

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