Omega-3 helps the gut stay healthy

  • Taking omega-3 as part of a healthy diet with plenty of fibre and probiotic foods can improve the diversity of the gut microbiome, according to a new study
  • The scientists examined the gut microbiome of a large cohort of middle-aged and elderly women
  • They tested the diversity and abundance of ‘good’ bacteria against their intake of omega-3 fatty acids – found in fish oil – and their blood serum levels of omega-3 fatty acids
  • The study found that the women who had a higher dietary intake of omega-3 and higher serum levels had a more diverse gut microbiome
  • They also found that specific bacteria that have been linked to lower inflammation and lower risk of obesity are increased in people who have a higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids
  • The researchers believe that some of the good effects of omega-3 in the gut may be due to the fact that omega 3 induces bacteria to produce this substances that reduce oxidative stress in the gut

Reference: Menni C., Omega-3 fatty acids correlate with gut microbiome diversity and production of N-carbamylglutamate in middle aged and elderly women, Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 11079 (2017) doi:10.1038/s41598-017-10382-2


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