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A Novel Gut Bacteria Noted to Help Combat Obesity, Diabetes and Heart Disease

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., DACBN, MS, CFMP

As science continues to emerge in gut research, novel gut bacteria are discovered.

Akkermansia muciniphila has emerged as the “sentinel of the gut” and has been shown to promote gut barrier integrity, modulate immune response and inhibit inflammation.

Adequate levels of Akkermansia muciniphila provides that extra mucus layer of protection in leaky gut.

Low levels of this important bacteria have been found to be associated with a higher risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, auto-immune disease and obesity.

One test that measures your level of Akkermansia muciniphila is the GI Effects Test from Genova (https://www.gdx.net/product/gi-effects-comprehensive-stool-test)

 

Akkermansia muciniphila
Akkermansia muciniphila

Unfortunately there is yet no supplement to increase Akkermansia muciniphila. You can increase the abundance of A. muciniphila in your gut by eating polyphenol-rich foods (https://www.healthline.com/health/polyphenols-foods).

The following are currently recommended to increase this important gut bacteria:

  • Fish oil
  • Cranberry extract
  • Pomegranate
  • Green tea
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Flaxseed

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6223323/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6064808/
https://gut.bmj.com/content/65/3/426
https://atlasbiomed.com/blog/what-is-akkermansia/
https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-019-0495-2
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7160922/

The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Grisanti and his functional medicine community. Dr. Grisanti encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional. Visit www.FunctionalMedicineUniversity.com for more information on our training in functional medicine. Look for practitioners who have successfully completed the Functional Medicine University's Certification Program (CFMP) www.functionalmedicinedoctors.com. This content may be copied in full, with copyright, contact, creation and information intact, without specific permission, when used only in a not-for-profit format. If any other use is desired, permission in writing from Dr. Grisanti is required


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