Akkermansia muciniphila – a gut bug that is no less than a superhero

Gut bacteria Akkermansia muciniphila can make you metabolically fit & Kfibre can help boost its abundance in your gut

Akkermansia muciniphila is a type of gut bacteria that makes up about 1-4% of our gut microbiome. A. muciniphila was first identified not very long ago in 2004. Recently, it has got a lot of attention for its benefits in improving metabolic health and being touted as a next-generation beneficial microbe2. Research has linked Akkermansia to leanness, anti-obesity, and anti-diabetic benefits.

Scientific evidence shows that Akkermansia helps maintain our gut barrier lining and keep our immune system in check. And on top of that, if present at optimal levels in the gut, this bacterium can help us stay lean and even respond better to certain therapies.

Reduced levels of Akkermansia are linked to several diseases including, obesity, type 2 diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and Ulcerative Colitis.

Scientists believe that the way this bacterium supports health, and its inherent anti-inflammatory effects is linked to its ability to feed on mucus, an important component of our gut barrier lining. A weak gut barrier is commonly reported in most chronic diseases including IBS, IBD, obesity, type 2 diabetes and even mental disorders.

  1. muciniphila loves to eat the slimy layer of mucus that coats our intestinal walls. And in that process, it produces nutrients that encourage the intestinal cells to make even more mucus, strengthening the layer further toward a tough gut barrier. This gut symbiont breaks down the mucus into short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) like acetate that feed other good gut bacteria to generate butyrate, a vital energy source for the cells lining our gut.

There is evidence that Akkermansia muciniphila improves insulin resistance and total blood cholesterol, prevents weight gain, reduces signs of liver dysfunction and inflammation,  strengthens gut barrier, regulates immune system and even improves patients response to cancer therapies.

Eating live strains of this bacterium in humans is still being investigated. But you can increase the abundance of Akkermansia muciniphila by eating prebiotic polyphenol-rich foods and oily fish .

Yes, it’s that easy!

The best way to increase Akkermansia in your gut is to up your intake of plant foods rich in dietary fibre and polyphenols. Fruits and vegetables are of course a rich source of polyphenols. In addition to having anti-inflammatory properties, polyphenols are also great antioxidants and can prevent many diseases. And on top of that, these micronutrients also increase the abundance of Akkermansia muciniphila in our gut.

Appropriately, Kfibre, a whole-plant complex prebiotic dietary fibre supplement that is rich in phytonutrients and other beneficial micronutrients has been shown to boost the levels of Akkermansia muciniphila in the gut. A natural path to increased levels of Akkermansia muciniphila may deliver all the benefits of Kfibre and the benefits of a superhero gut bug.

No need for a probiotic this time….Kfibre is here to feed what’s already inside you.

Visit www.kfibre.com to learn how Kfibre – an ultimate prebiotic dietary fibre, can help you achieve metabolic fitness and support digestive health.

By Dr Tanvi Shinde