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Probiotics Can Lower Blood Pressure and Protect Your Liver

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  • Recent research reveals lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG) protect the liver against oxidative damage caused by acetaminophen. Animal studies have also shown this bacterium helps protect against alcoholic liver disease and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • LGG protects the liver by activating Nrf2, a biological hormetic that upregulates intercellular antioxidants, thereby lowering inflammation, improving mitochondrial function and stimulating mitochondrial biogenesis
  • People who consume probiotics on a regular basis (in the form of yogurt, kefir or supplements, for example) tend to have lower blood pressure than those who do not consume probiotics
  • Animal research also suggests the probiotic lactobacillus marinus effectively prevents salt-sensitive hypertension
  • Recent research also shows regular consumption of kefir lowers blood pressure, improves intestinal structure and decreases inflammation in the central nervous system

By Dr. Mercola

Your intestinal bacteria are part of your immune system and researchers have discovered that microbes of all kinds play instrumental roles in countless areas of your health. Beneficial bacteria also control the growth of disease-causing bacteria by competing for nutrition and attachment sites in your colon.

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