Rats with liver damage were fed a diet containing a paramylon powder. Consequently, the indicators of liver damage, such as the levels of AST and ALT in the blood, decreased with the increase of the concentration of paramylon in the diet. Additionally, no notable suppression of the activity of superoxide dismutase was observed in the rats that ingested paramylon. These results suggest that ingestion of paramylon is effective in alleviating the liver damage.
Acute gastric ulcer was induced in mice by swimming stress after feeding a diet containing an Euglena powder for 2 weeks, and the extent of gastric ulcer was investigated. A significant decrease in the area of gastric ulcer was observed in the mice that had been fed the Euglena-containing diet, suggesting that the Euglena powder can alleviate the symptoms of gastric ulcer.