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 is an excellent look at how probiotics are being shown to help fight off this disease. Read it here:

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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