Scientists in Cork carried out a study in conjunction with the Irish Rugby Football Union which revealed that exercise and associated dietary changes influence gut microbial diversity.
The scientists at the Science Foundation Ireland-funded Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) at University College Cork and Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, found that:
*The gut microbiota of athletes is more diverse than that of controls
*This diversity is linked to exercise and protein consumption in athletes
*Athletes have lower inflammatory and improved metabolic markers relative to controls
The research is published this week in the leading international journal Gut
The importance of our gut microbes to health and defense against disease is becoming ever more apparent. In particular, high microbial diversity has been associated with increased health whereas a low diversity of gut microbes has been associated with several diseases and syndromes, including obesity.
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