Akkermansia muciniphila. Despite the tricky moniker, keep this name in mind, because it is the next generation of promising probiotics coming from your gut microbiota. Yes, you have got it right. Recent studies have already shed light on the bunch of positive effects it has on our overall health. For instance, during the last Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit, held in Rome, scientists highlighted the role of this bacterium for stimulating the host immune response and metabolic health.
Introduced as the scientist who might stir up the gut, Cani, who is a member of Gut Microbiota for Health’s scientific board, explains in the interview that he started to study this part of the body soon after the sequencing of the human genome in 2007. Only three years later, he was able to observe the effects of the presence or lack of Akkermansia muciniphila in animals. In 2017 he published his results in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Medicine.
In the interview, Cani talks about the gut, calling it a key organ where the vast majority of immune cells can be found, along with a large number of neurons. He explains how all his research is tied to the gut microbiota and its role alongside other distant organs in the development of diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and liver diseases.