Akkermansia stimulates turnover of the mucus layer by digesting some of the mucins and turning them into short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), including acetate & butyrate which are essential food for the cells lining your gut. Scientists tell us that Akkermansia population is lower in kids who have had multiple antibiotic doses, & those with irritable bowel disease (Chron’s & ulcerative colitis), obesity, type II diabetes, and leaky gut. It also appears to modulate host immune responses.
By including foods in our diet that have been found to increase Akkermansia we may stimulate restoration of the mucus layer and thus improve gut barrier function.
Food to increase Akkermansia muciniphila
- Polyphenol containing foods like Pomegranates, Flaxseed meal, Acacia fiber, Grapes, Cranberries, Blueberries, Tea,
- Omega 3 fish oil – salmon, sardines, mackerel, anchovies
- Some FODMAP foods like onion, garlic, leeks, cauliflower, apples
If you have symptoms associated with Inflammation & Leaky Gut call Sunshine Coast Nutritionist and Kinesiologist
Karen Emans on 0408 748 532