Probiotics Decrease Fat Accumulation in the Liver

July 20th, 2014 by Dr. Keith Nemec

Spanish scientists have demonstrated through an experiment on obese rats that the consumption of probiotics helps diminish the accumulation of fat in the liver.

Researchers have demonstrated that the administration of three probiotic strains diminishes the accumulation of fat in the liver of obese rats.

The accumulation of fat in the liver is called steatosis and it constitutes the first stage in the NAFLD disease, which is closely related to obesity and diabetes. Given that the prevalence of these two pathologies, NAFLD has also become a health problem that affects millions of people throughout the world.

Probiotics are microorganisms (bacteria) with healthy effects upon individuals that consume them in adequate doses. They are traditionally considered to be living microorganisms.

In this current study, the probiotic strains were administered during thirty days in the diet of Zucker rats. These rats develop obesity due to a mutation in the gene that codifies the receptor or leptin, a homone that transmits a sensation of satiety to the organism.

The researchers describe that the administration of probiotics led to an accumulation of lipids (most of them triacylglycerides) in the liver which was significantly lower than that occurring in rats fed with a placebo.

This new finding went hand in hand with lower values in proinflamatory molecules (tumor-a necrosis factor, interleukin 6 and liposacarid) in the serum of rats fed with probiotics.

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Dr. Keith & Laurie Nemec’s comments on “Probiotics Decrease Fat Accumulation in the Liver ”: 

What a powerful study to show the power of the gut in health and healing. When the intestinal flora or good bacteria are high enough it produces a multitudinous list of positive cellular and organ/gland changes. These changes start in the intestinal tract. In this study the probiotics helped reduce fatty liver. This is a type of visceral or inflammatory fat that stores in organs. The probiotics also decreased major inflammatory indicators and remember most all disease begins with inflammation at its root.

What you want to take home from this study is that:

  1. Probiotics help keep the intestinal tract healthy.
  2. With normal levels of probiotics then the body burns fat instead of storing it as inflammatory visceral fat.
  3. Probiotics are anti-inflammatory so they help prevent disease

 

This message is so simple all you have to do is take a clinically proven probiotic daily to get all these benefits.

Probiotics and proper diet, exercise and lifestyle habits are keys to maintaining or restoring health. These are part of the 7 Basic Steps to Total Health that everyone should be doing every day.

In this life you are either proactive or reactive. Proactive makes the changes that he or she knows are right before they have to make these changes. Reactive people wait until disease or other issues knock on the door of their life before they decide to make changes. Remember if you drop a ball out of your hand is it eaiser to grab it when it is six inches from your hand or six inches from the floor? The choice is always yours but for your own sake stop putting things off until tomorrow that you could and should do today.

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers… Deut 30:19-20 NIV

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