A Little Alcohol Good for Liver?
Researchers at the University of Manitoba Liver Diseases Unit fed laboratory rats light, moderate, or heavy portions of either alcohol or tap water for 30 days before removing a substantial proportion of the rats’ livers. The rats consuming alcohol heavily clearly showed impairment in the re-growth of their livers. The moderate consumers were only slightly impacted. However, the light-drinking rats had enhanced regeneration. Thus, they did considerably better than those that drank only water (the abstainers).
These findings would not necessarily apply to humans.
- Zhang, M., et al. Gastroenterology, (November, 2001); Finkel, H. E. Drink a little, eat a little, and nurture your liver. Alcohol in Moderation (AIM) Digest, 2001, 10(3), 8.
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