Bill Gates Announces Support For Probiotics

Bill Gates is well known for his charitable donations and the work that his foundation does to further a range of causes around the world. He has recently been speaking about his latest interest in the body’s microbiome and probiotics that can help correct it.

Nutraingredients recently shared comments he made in the Telegraph, where he discussed the research that he’s supporting into the microbiome.

The first step is to learn how each of the microbial species in our gut work with the food that we consume and how this impacts our health. Once we have a clearer understanding of this, it will be possible to “smartly engineer interventions that “correct” the microbiome when it’s out of whack”, he explained.

What Mr Gates is envisaging is a time when it’s possible to develop probiotic pills that contain the “ideal combinations of bacteria” and that can even be personalised to suit your gut.

The work being conducted by his foundation is looking at how probiotics could be used to help reduce malnutrition in the world’s population.

A study published recently in Lancet Rheumatology, and reported by Nutraingredients, revealed that probiotics have been linked to healthier bone density in post-menopausal women in a study conducted in Sweden.

Researchers used a probiotic containing three strains of lactobacillus, which had previously been linked positively with lumbar spine bone mineral density. In the Swedish study, researchers found that taking this probiotic protected against lumbar spine bone loss in healthy post-menopausal women.

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