Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 62: Prebiotics and Probiotics in Liver Health (continued)

KEY POINTS Patients with liver cirrhosis have varying degrees of imbalance of the intestinal flora. Multiple studies have documented the benefit of probiotics in the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy. A mixture of pre- and probiotics reduces the risk of postoperative infections in patients with liver transplantation. Manipulation of intestinal bacteria has the potential to modulate liver dysfunction and heal hepatic disorders.1-16 Pre- and probiotics protect against chemical-induced liver injury in…