Intermittent fasting can help to reduce hypertension by reshaping the gut's microbiome.
Taking a daily prebiotic supplement improves general wellbeing, reduces symptoms of anxiety, and promotes better gut health, a new study reports.
Consuming high levels of sugar-sweetened beverages early in life may lead to memory problems during adulthood. Researchers found, compared to rats who consumed only water, those who drank sugar-sweetened beverages had difficulties in memory recall associated with the hippocampus. The study also found a link between specific changes in gut bacteria in rats who drank sugary drinks and impaired brain function.
Immune cells in the uterus and placenta of stressed pregnant mice were not activated, but researchers found increased levels of inflammation in the developing fetal brain. Additionally, prenatal stress led to reductions in gut microbial strains and functions, especially in those linked to inflammation.
A meta-analysis study reveals alterations in the gut microbiome may trigger gastrointestinal problems associated with Parkinson's disease. Additionally, the gastrointestinal problems may occur years before other Parkinson's symptoms develop.
In mouse models of neurodevelopmental disorders, researchers found social deficits were mediated by microbes in the gut. By contrast, hyperactivity is controlled by genetics. Treatment with a specific microbe helped improve social behavior.
Researchers identify distinct signatures in the gut microbiome that were associated with either healthy and unhealthy aging trajectories.
Over 60s with poor appetite were found to have less variety of gut bacteria than those with healthier appetites. Additionally, those with good appetites had more microbes associated with diets rich in fruits and vegetables.
Researchers identified specific genetic variants and families of gut microbes associated with anxiety-like behavior, including host genes that influence anxiety indirectly.