Gut bacteria may protect against obesity

Gut bacteria may protect against obesity

Scientists have discovered a type of gut bacteria, Akkermansia muciniphila, that could protect against obesity and help treat type-2 diabetes.

Apparently, foods that stimulate the production of the bacteria in the digestive system could help burn off pounds as they discovered a deficiency of it in obese and type-2 diabetic mice.

Feeding the mice prebiotics (including FOS and inulin) — found in foods such as bananas, onions, leeks, asparagus and Jerusalem artichokes encouraged the metabolism-boosting bacteria.

The researchers said the results indicate A. muciniphila could play a key role in gut barrier function, metabolic inflammation and fat storage.

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