A Novel Gut Bacteria Noted to Help Combat Obesity, Diabetes and Heart Disease

By Tucson Functional Medicine on April 11, 2021 0 Comments

As science continues to emerge in gut research, novel gut bacteria are being discovered.

Akkermansia muciniphila has emerged as the “sentinel of the gut” and has been shown to promote gut barrier integrity, modulate immune response and inhibit inflammation.


Adequate levels of Akkermansia muciniphila provides that extra mucus layer of protection in leaky gut.


Low levels of this important bacteria have been found to be associated with a higher risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, auto-immune disease, and obesity.

One test that measures your level of Akkermansia muciniphila is the GI-MAP Test from Diagnostech Solutions 

Unfortunately, there is yet no supplement to increase Akkermansia muciniphila. You can increase the abundance of A. muciniphila in your gut by eating polyphenol-rich foods (https://www.healthline.com/health/polyphenols-foods).

The following are currently recommended to increase this important gut bacteria:

  • Fish oil
  • Cranberry extract
  • Pomegranate
  • Green tea
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Flaxseed

If you are interested in finding out your levels of Akkermansia muciniphila, Just call our office (520-445-6784) and we will get you set up for the GI-MAP test. The kit can be sent to your home no matter where you live.  Not only will the Test tell you about Akkermansia Muciniphila but it also shows you:

  1. The balance of your Microbiome
  2. The health of the organs of digestion (Liver, Pancreas, GB)
  3. The Bacteria that you shouldn’t  have

CALL TODAY 520-445-6784

Send an email drt@tucsonfunctionalmedicine.com



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