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Probiotics May Help Slow Accumulation Of Fat In The Liver

August 2, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Spanish researchers have discovered in animal studies an intriguing connection between probiotics and fat accumulation in the liver (steatosis), a symptom of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease associated with obesity and diabetes. Probiotics are living or nonliving microorganisms (bacteria or yeasts) that exert healthful effects on individuals who consume them in adequate doses. The three strains tested have all been shown to be safe for humans. The obese animals ingested probiotics for 30 days, after which lower values of pro-inflammatory molecules were found in the animals’ blood, an indication of diminished fat accumulation in the liver.
Julio Plaza-Diaz et al., "Effects of Lactobacillus paracasei CNCM I-4034, Bifidobacterium breve CNCM I-4035 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus CNCM I-4036 on Hepatic Steatosis in Zucker Rats. ", PLoS ONE, August 02, 2014, © Plaza-Diaz et al.
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