Reposted from Science Trends
Alcohol-induced liver disease is a progressive disease, starting from liver steatosis, which then progresses to liver fibrosis or even cirrhosis and liver cancer. It is important to prevent liver damage caused by alcohol consumption at its starting point.
Nicotinamide riboside (NR) is a form of vitamin B3, which is a precursor of NAD our body needs. In recent years, many protective effects of NR have been reported, including anti-aging, prevention of hearing loss, helping in weight loss, and anti-cancer effects, etc. In our study, we focused on the protective effect of NR against liver steatosis. We found that NR is a good agent in the protection of liver fat accumulation induced by alcohol. That is, when you have a binge alcohol drinking, taking a supplement of NR might have some protective effect on the liver. Our study is now only a test in murine, the exact effect on the human body needs further exploration.