Probiotics and Fatty Liver Disease

The incidence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is rising in the United States, primarily because of our diets and lifestyles. An article by writer Nicole Cutler at LiverSupport.com is an excellent look at how probiotics are being shown to help fight off this disease. Read it here: http://www.liversupport.com/wordpress/2012/05/more-evidence-that-a-fatty-liver-profits-from-probiotics/

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease means pretty much what it sounds like – fat accumulation in the liver. According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, most of us have some degree of this disease, but what happens is that in some people the fatty deposits scar the liver and cause inflammation. In severe cases, that can lead to liver failure.

Mayo recommends losing weight if you’re overweight, maintaining a healthy diet (high-fiber, low-fat) and exercise, among other things.

But in her article, Cutler cited the following research regarding probiotics and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease:

  • 2003 – Researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that intestinal bacteria play a pathogenic role in hepatic insulin resistance (a marker of pre-diabetes) and NAFLD.
  • 2008 – In an animal study, researchers at the Imperial College of London found that probiotic exposure altered fat metabolism in the liver.
  • 2009 – Italian researchers found that NAFLD is associated with gut permeability that is related to small intestinal bacterial overgrowth.
  • 2011 – Because their effects have proved to be beneficial in NAFLD, researchers from University of Naples described probiotics as an emerging therapeutic strategy for fatty liver disease.

Be sure to read her ARTICLE to get more information! 

 

Go with Your Gut!

The Probulin Team

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Probiotics for Dummies: It’s on the Market!

We at Probulin are excited to see the Probiotics for Dummies book go on sale this week! This book is a great introduction to the subject of probiotics, and breaks the subject down into language we can all understand. It highlights all the evidence out there showing that probiotics help people and also explores the research that’s in initial stages (much like we do here on Probulin).

One of my favorite chapters in the book highlights the different kinds of bacteria, both good and bad. For those of us not in the medical field, the names of bacteria can start to flow together as a mix of gobbledygook Latin words. Of course, the more you learn about any subject, the more those words start to separate into concepts and you get a true understanding of what the different strains of bacteria are.

Below are some of the bacteria listed in Chapter 15:

  • Bifidobacteria (Good)
    • B. longum
    • B. lactis
    • B. breve
    • B. animalis
  • Clostridium difficile (Bad)
  • Escherichia coli, or E. coli (Bad)
  • Lactobacillus (Good)
    • L. acidophilus
  • Helicobacter pylori (Bad)

Elsewhere in the book (and we’ve covered it here in our blog) author Dr. Shekhar Challa talks about how bacteria are named.

Understanding which bacteria are being shown to work on different conditions is important as you start to take a probiotic supplement. Probulin contains seven strains of bacteria, an important distinction because the more strains you take, the more you have an impact on the beneficial bacteria in your body.

Okay, our work here is done now that you know where to go to learn more about bacteria a capite ad calcem.

Excuse me? Oh, we thought you might be proficient in Latin now. What we said was that you know where to go to learn more about bacteria from head to feet or from top to bottom.

Guess we’ll stick to English. . .

 

Go with Your Gut,

The Probulin Team