Mediterranean Diet May Improve Gut Health in Older People

A new study, conducted by researchers from institutions in eight countries, suggests that older people who eat a Mediterranean diet may have healthier gut microbiome and improve measures of frailty.Mediterranean Diet May Improve Gut Health in Older People

In the study, 612 participants aged between 65 and 79 years took part. Of these participants, twenty-eight individuals were qualified as fail with the help of medical exams, 151 were on the verge of frailty, and 433 showed no signs frailty. All study participants were assigned to adhere to the Mediterranean diet during the year.

Having analyzed the received results, the researchers concluded that the Mediterranean diet was associated with better gut microbiome which in its turn was connected to improved markers of frailty, including better walking speed, better handgrip strength, and better cognitive function.

Chocolate May Promote Friendly Gut Bacteria and Reduce Inflammation

Several studies demonstrate that cocoa increases the number friendly gut bacteria and reduce inflammation in the intestine.friendly gut bacteria

A team of scientists from the Department of Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Reading, UK, measured higher levels of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species in the intestines of human volunteers who drank chocolate milk for 4 weeks.

Previously, this team demonstrated that components in cocoa can reduce the growth of Clostridium histoluticum bacteria, that are found in the guts of those people who suffer from bowel disease.

Unsweetened cocoa powder or dark chocolate with the high content of cocoa are the closest options to the cocoa used in these studies.