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Probiotics for liver disease

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Melissa Peterson ● 1 min read

The connection between microbiota dysbiosis and liver disease has been well researched. One recent review looked at the potential of probiotic supplementation as a treatment option in various liver diseases.[1]

In this review, the authors note that probiotics show potential benefit for compensated liver cirrhosis, alcoholic liver disease, non-alcoholic liver disease and viral hepatitis. Authors did find that there is little or no research to show a benefit for decompensated cirrhosis, when the liver cannot function fully and a transplant may be required.

Their positive effect on liver health appears to be through the modulation of microbiota composition, intestinal permeability, immune and inflammatory responses, and toxin reduction.


  1. Chávez-Tapia NC, González-Rodríguez L, Jeong M, et al. Current evidence on the use of probiotics in liver diseases. J Functional Foods 2015;17:137-151. [Full Text


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Melissa Peterson has been a writer and educator in the health and medical science fields for over 15 years. Naturopathically trained, Melissa also has postgraduate qualifications in literature research and reviewing. Her business, Words On Therapy, provides many services to industry including technical articles, white papers, blogs, SEO content, copywriting and research collation.