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A complex of hibiscus and lemon balm extracts has previously been studied for potential cardiovascular health benefits, was evidenced in a recent in vivo study to have potential gut health benefits. The polyphenol-rich ingredient may help beneficially modulate gut bacteria, and promote increases in short-chain fatty acid production, concluded researchers. The study, which evaluated longitudinal fecal samples collected from a male and female volunteer, appeared in the Journal of Functional Foods.
In addition to polyphenols, the ingredient contains active compounds including anthocyanins, verbascoside, and hibiscus acid. According to the authors, active compounds in this complex may aid in modulating and supporting higher relative abundance of some major microbiota strains including Bifidobacterium, Blautia and Faecali-bacterium and of other minor genera such as Prevotella and Akkermansia. It also demonstrated a lower Firmicutes/Bacteroides (F/B) ratio. A high F/B ratio has been observed in obesity, and lowering the F/B ratio may help support weight loss, the authors wrote.
The study also confirmed high bioavailability, and that it may be safely and completely metabolized by the gut microbiota. According to the authors, the research also supports a prior hypothesis that the bioactive compounds in this complex may exert beneficial gut microbiome-modulating properties in vivo, although additional studies covering more population groups are needed.
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