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Marine Drugs, Vol. 16, Pages 216: Dietary Supplementation with a Magnesium-Rich Marine Mineral Blend Enhances the Diversity of Gastrointestinal Microbiota

Marine Drugs, Vol. 16, Pages 216: Dietary Supplementation with a Magnesium-Rich Marine Mineral Blend Enhances the Diversity of Gastrointestinal Microbiota

Marine Drugs doi: 10.3390/md16060216

Authors: Erin K. Crowley Caitriona M. Long-Smith Amy Murphy Elaine Patterson Kiera Murphy Denise M. O’Gorman Catherine Stanton Yvonne M. Nolan

Accumulating evidence demonstrates that dietary supplementation with functional food ingredients play a role in systemic and brain health as well as in healthy ageing. Conversely, deficiencies in calcium and magnesium as a result of the increasing prevalence of a high fat/high sugar “Western diet” have been associated with health problems such as obesity, inflammatory bowel diseases, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as metabolic, immune, and psychiatric disorders. It is now recognized that modulating the diversity of gut microbiota, the population of intestinal bacteria, through dietary intervention can significantly impact upon gut health as well as systemic and brain health. In the current study, we show that supplementation with a seaweed and seawater-derived functional food ingredient rich in bioactive calcium and magnesium (0.1% supplementation) as well as 70 other trace elements, significantly enhanced the gut microbial diversity in adult male rats. Given the significant impact of gut microbiota on health, these results position this marine multi-mineral blend (MMB) as a promising digestive-health promoting functional food ingredient.

Authors:   Crowley, Erin K.; Long-Smith, Caitriona M.; Murphy, Amy ; Patterson, Elaine ; Murphy, Kiera ; O’Gorman, Denise M.; Stanton, Catherine ; Nolan, Yvonne M.
Journal:   Marine Drugs
Volume:   16
edition:   6
Year:   2018
Pages:   216
DOI:   10.3390/md16060216
Publication date:   20-Jun-2018
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