Gut bacteria may help fight obesity and mental disorders

Jan 23, 2019
Sébastien Bouley

After five years of investigation, the european research program “MYNEWGUT” has released its results on how the human gut microbiota and its genome (microbiome) influence diet-related diseases, such as obesity and metabolic syndrome, and behavioral disorders and how diet-related diseases impact the human gut microbiota and its genome. The project findings provided clear evidence that:

  • Newly discovered bacterial strains in the gut could serve as new probiotics, and may contribute to the fight against obesity and mental disorders,
  • High protein diets may generate some toxic metabolites during fermentation,
  • High-fat diets may have a negative impact on the gut microbiota and the brain,
  • High fibre diets may help tackle depression, may help to maintain body weight and reduce the risk of developing chronic metabolic diseases,
  • The gut microbiota influence metabolic health.

For an overview of the project outcomes, you can find the presentation of the speakers during the final conference.

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