Study finds gut microbes adapt quickly to changes in food preparation

How we prepare food matters to us, surprisingly deeply, it turns out. Scientists have recently discovered that different diets—say, high-fat versus low-fat, or plant-based versus animal-based—can rapidly and reproducibly alter the composition and activity of the gut microbiome, where differences in the composition and activity can affect everything from metabolism Continue Reading

Gut bacteria work in teams, new study finds—here’s why that’s important for your health

Our digestive tract hosts trillions of microbes, mainly bacteria, that help us digest food, make vitamins, strengthen the immune system, protect against germs, and produce molecules that affect many aspects of our health. Studying the microbial composition of the gut used to be extremely complicated. To identify them, they had Continue Reading

Babies’ gut bacteria affected by delivery method, Baby Biome project shows

Babies born vaginally have different gut bacteria—their microbiome—than those delivered by Caesarean, research has shown. Scientists from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, UCL, the University of Birmingham and their collaborators discovered that whereas vaginally born babies got most of their gut bacteria from their mother, babies born via caesarean did not, Continue Reading

Link between gut microbes and muscle growth suggests future approach to tackle muscle loss

The microorganisms living in the intestines could help with muscle growth and function, opening new doors to interventions for age-related skeletal muscle loss, an international research team led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has found. Through a series of strength and movement-related exercises conducted on mice, the team Continue Reading

New research suggests gut bacteria may be linked to high blood pressure and depression

A study of bacteria in the gut identified differences between people with high blood pressure compared to those with high blood pressure plus depression, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions. “People are ‘meta-organisms’ made up of roughly equal numbers of human cells Continue Reading

Micronutrients affect gut bacteria associated with ADHD in small but promising study

Children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who took micronutrients had lower levels of a bacteria linked to the psychological disorder, and a healthier range of bugs in their gut overall, new research shows. The study was recently published in Nature’s Scientific Reports journal. It was a collaboration between University of Otago, Continue Reading