Friendly Bacteria Find a Buddy in Omega-3

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A team of researchers from the UK and New Zealand revealed that Omega-3 EPA from fish oil may have a positive effect on our friendly gut microbes.

In studying whether or not certain fats may alter the way probiotics work in the body, they discovered that EPA in particular helped support the growth of beneficial Lactobacillus bacteria in the gut. What’s more, they noticed that the EPA also encouraged a positive inflammatory response in the body, which is important for overall immune balance.

Though the research is still in the early stages, lead author Kerry Bentley­ Hewitt from the UK Institute of Food Research believes there may be potential for combining fish oil with probiotics to help our beneficial gut microbes thrive and to help reduce inflammation.

Sources:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/lite.201500035/abstract
http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Omega-3-could-help-support-friendly-bacteria-in-the-gut
http://www.ifr.ac.uk/
http://www.plantandfood.co.nz/
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3-fats/

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