Gut to brain: short-chain fatty acids may hold potential to improve stroke recovery in mice

Written by Kimberley Ndungu (Future Science Group)

New research by a team from the University of Kentucky (KY, USA) demonstrated that in mice, microorganisms observed in the gut may have the potential to protect brain cells from damage caused by inflammation after a stroke. Published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the study indicated that supplementing the body’s short-chain fatty acids could improve stroke recovery. Short-chain fatty acids, which are produced by the gut’s microbiome, play an essential role in gut health. It is already known that the microbiome can influence brain health and the central nervous system, however, its role in stroke recovery is not well understood....

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