One more reason to take probiotics: They protect against liver damage

Probiotics are known for supporting a healthy gastrointestinal tract and promoting good digestion, but new research has shown that these friendly microbes can benefit more than just your gut. It turns out probiotic bacteria can also help keep your liver in tip-top shape by protecting the vital organ against all kinds of damage — and may even help protect against nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Recent research out of Emory University has highlighted some of the the system-wide benefits that can be achieved with probiotic supplementation.

The study, led by Bejan Saeedi, a doctoral candidate at Emory, stated, “Probiotics have been studied most intensely in the context of the gastrointestinal tract. This study provides evidence that the effects of probiotics extend beyond the gastrointestinal tract. What makes this study unique is that it suggests a discreet molecular mechanism by which these effects are elicited.”

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