Akkermansia muciniphila is a symbiotic bacterium of the mucus layer. It has been isolated and characterized as a mucin-utilising specialist, and the majority of the world’s population have it in their gut microbiome.
Akkermansia’s health benefits include metabolic modulation, immune regulation, and gut health protection.
It strengthens your gut’s mucous lining. This helps to make a strong functioning gut, and protects it from damage.
Akkermansia is also a foundational gut species as it helps to feed other beneficial bacteria too.
A. muciniphila protects against Metabolic disease
It has been an appreciation that abnormal shifts in the composition of gut microbiota contribute to the pathogenesis of metabolic diseases, including obesity and type 2 diabetes. Daily supplementation of A. muciniphila for five weeks has shown body weight, fat mass, glucose tolerance, and insulin sensitvity to be significantly improved in obese subjects.
A. muciniphila protects against Autoimmunity
Dysbiosis of the intestinal microbiome is related to autoimmune diseases. Having a strong gut reduces endotoxaemia (when endotoxins enter the bloodstream through a damaged gut wall). This is extremely important for a balanced immune response (protecting against autoimmunity). It has shown efficacy in treating autoimmune diseases when orally administered.
A. muciniphila protects against Cardiovascular disease
Cardiovascular diseases are associated with gut microbiota dysbiosis. A. muciniphila was found to improve gut barrier functions and exert protective effects against atherosclerosis and hypertension.
A. muciniphila protects against Gastrointestinal Disorders
Studies have revealed an inverse relationship between A. muciniphila and intestinal inflammation, such as inflammatory bowel diseases. A. muciniphila was shown to improve the integrity of gut barrier which is a crucial factor in improving health outcomes in gastrointestinal disorders.
A. muciniphila protects against Cancer
One study showed that A. muciniphila was especially enriched in cancer patients who responded to PD-1 treatment when compared to non-responders, suggesting that A. muciniphila may enhance anticancer immunotherapy efficacy.
How to increase Akkermansia muciniphila
Akkermansia muciniphila loves to eat pomegranate, green tea, rhubarb, grape juice, and cranberry.
Eating prebiotic foods also encourages Akkermansia muciniphila to thrive and multiply. Prebiotic foods are raw potato starch, onions, garlic, leeks, chicory, artichoke, flaxseeds, legumes, asparagus, cooked and cooled potatoes, cooked and cooled rice.
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