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Cholesterol-metabolizing gut bacteria?

A recent study shed light on the beneficial mechanism of action of some gut bacteria on cholesterol levels in humans, thus exposing a new precious role of the gut microbiota on our health.   Hypercholesterolemia, i.e. elevated circulating cholesterol levels, is strongly associated to the ...
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When a bacterium produces alcohol, your liver suffers!

Non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis, or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, could be partly due to the production of alcohol by a bacterial species invading the gut microbiota.   Non-alcoholic hepatic steatosis is characterized by excess fat in the liver, not related to excessive alcohol consu...
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Fatty liver disease: what are the benefits of whole-grain flour?

Could whole-grain wheat limit the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease attributed to high fat diet?   The main symptom of metabolic syndrome* is the accumulation of fat (triglycerides) in the liver, which not only increases the risk of non-alcoholic fatty steatohepatitis (NASH), but ...
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Diet and health: the role of the intestinal microbiota in metabolic diseases

Recent publications underline the connection between the intestinal microbiota and diet and certain diseases like diabetes (types 1 and 2); they also hint at potential therapeutic benefits based on the use of probiotics and prebiotics. For example, we are told that the positive effects of a balan...
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