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Akkermansia muciniphila is a bacteria that is present in all humans young and old alike. It like many bacteria live in our gut and help with digestion of the food we eat and the absorption of the nutrient we require. Ten years ago, researchers at the Laboratory of Microbiology at Wageningen University, part of Wageningen UR, discovered the bacterium Akkermansia muciniphila, which was able to grow in the mucus layer of the intestines. Their research found that the bacteria was present in large numbers in human and rodents that weren’t over weight but found much lower numbers in individuals who were overweight.

Prof. Patrice Cani from Brussels and Prof. Willem de Vos from Wageningen University, together with their colleagues have been testing with rodents by adding Akkermansia muciniphila into the gut of overweight rodents and seeing them lose as much as half their weight in a very short amount of time. They are going to start human trials soon and hopefully we will see this available to the general public someday.

I for one remember a time when I could eat anything and everything in sight and not gain a pound of fat and how as I get old I find myself in the gym all the time just so I can enjoy the foods I like most or trying to diet with foods no one likes. A healthy lifestyle of eating is hard for many because of busy lives and no good places to buy pre-made meals all the way up to over eaters who find it hard to stop before the pain of a full belly tells them so. I am not saying this should be a fix that just lets you go out and eat unhealthy but it would be nice to have the fat burning abilities of my youth and I am sure many would agree.

 

Source: Intestinal bacterium Akkermansia curbs obesity