Healthy Gut Tied to Better Cognition!!
A healthy, diverse gut microbiome is associated with better cognitive function in middle age, new research suggests. Investigators conducted cognitive testing and analyzed stool samples in close to 600 adults and found that beta-diversity, which is a between-person measure of gut microbial community composition, was significantly associated with cognitive scores. Three specific bacterial genera showed a positive association with performance on at least one cognitive test, while one showed a negative association.
@mala Communication pathways between gut bacteria and neurologic function (referred to as the 'gut-brain axis') have emerged as a novel area of research into potential mechanisms regulating brain health through immunologic, metabolic, and endocrine pathways. A number of studies have shown associations between gut microbial measures and neurological outcomes, including cognitive function and dementia, but mechanisms underlying these associations have not been fully established.