more studies confirm herbs aid in microbial diversity, gut health
“Research has shown that people who have a lot of different microbes have better health, and a better diet, than those who don’t have much bacterial diversity,” says Penny M. Kris-Etherton, Evan Pugh University Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Penn State, in a February 7, 2023 SciTech Daily report (1).
According to The Journal of Nutrition, scientists analyzed the impact of adding blends of eating peanuts, herbs and spices — such as cinnamon, ginger, cumin, turmeric, rosemary, oregano, basil, and thyme (2). An increase of snacking on peanuts of 28 grams (approx. 1 ounce) per day showed significant improvement in the abundance of Ruminococcaceae, a gut bacteria associated with butyrate production, healthy immune and liver function. A mid to high (3/4 – 1 1/2 teaspoons per day) consumption of the aforementioned herbs and spices showed significant increases in bacteria diversity, including Ruminococcaceae over a one month test period (2).
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