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Effect of Lactobacillus casei on lipid metabolism and intestinal microflora in patients with alcoholic liver injury

  • 2021-01-29
  • European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 75(8)
    • Xuelong Li
    • Ying Liu
    • Xiaofei Guo
    • Yan Ma
    • Huaqi Zhang
    • Hui Liang

Abstract

Background: The present study aims to investigate the effect of Lactobacillus casei on lipid metabolism and intestinal microflora in patients with alcoholic liver injury.

Methods: In a double-blind randomized controlled trial, 158 recruited alcoholic liver injury patients were randomized to three treatments for 60 days: low-dose group (LP, n = 58, 100 ml of Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS)), high-dose group (HP, n = 54, 200 ml of LcS), and positive control group (PC, n = 46, 100 ml of special drinks without active Lactobacillus casei). Another group of 20 healthy people was served as normal control group (NC).

Results: The serum levels of TG and LDLC in the HP group were significantly decreased by 26.56% and 23.83%, respectively than those in the PC group (P < 0.05). After supplementation of Lactobacillus casei, there was a significant increase in the amount of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium when compared with the PC group (P < 0.05).

Conclusions: Supplementation of Lactobacillus casei can improve lipid metabolism and regulate intestinal flora disorders in patients with alcoholic liver injury.

Research Insights

SupplementHealth OutcomeEffect TypeEffect Size
Lactobacillus casei UALc-03Improved Intestinal Microflora BalanceBeneficial
Moderate
Lactobacillus casei UALc-03Improved Lipid MetabolismBeneficial
Moderate
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