Welcome to “Akk talk”, a blog post all about how—and why!—to take Akkermansia muciniphila as a probiotic supplement.
Akkermansia muciniphila is a strain of beneficial bacteria that has gotten a lot of attention lately—we're talking featured in 1,000+ scientific publications! It's gaining traction for good reason as it's being touted as the next generation keystone strain for gut health.
Luckily, Pendulum is making it easy to make sure you have this keystone strain in your gut microbiome with a few different daily probiotics that contain Akkermansia muciniphila:
Meet Glucose Control
Glucose Control is what's called a medical probiotic. That means that in people with type 2 diabetes who are taking metformin, Glucose Control has been clinically proven to:
Glucose Control contains Akkermansia muciniphila and four other unique strains that—in addition to lowering blood-glucose spikes and A1C levels—have also been shown to:
- Maintain a healthy gut lining
Produce butyrate—a short chain fatty acid produced when bacteria in the gut break down dietary fiber. Butyrate is associated with a variety of health benefits including healthy blood sugar response, gut permeability, and immune function.
Each daily dose of Glucose Control contains 1 billion live Colony Forming Units (CFUs) of Akkermansia muciniphila.
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Is there a probiotic that just contains Akkermansia muciniphila?
Yes! Pendulum also sells Akkermansia as a stand-alone probiotic. Taking one Akkermansia capsule each day is equal to taking two Glucose Control capsules per day. It should be noted that the stand-alone Akkermansia isn't used for the management of type 2 diabetes.
As a daily probiotic, Akkermansia strengthens the gut lining and supports both digestive health and GLP-1 production. GLP-1 is a hormone produced in the gut in response to food that triggers a host of metabolic effects including reduced appetite, releasing insulin, and controlling blood sugar.
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Does Akkermansia muciniphila benefit metabolism?
Yes! In fact, Metabolic Daily is a blend of probiotics that was formulated to optimize metabolism and—you guessed it—it also contains Akkermansia muciniphila along with four other beneficial strains. This daily probiotic reduces sugar cravings and crashes, boosts sugar and carb metabolism, supports butyrate and GLP-1, and helps to manage a healthy weight.
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Why are there no other Akkermansia muciniphila probiotics on the market?
Manufacturing Akkermansia muciniphila is incredibly difficult. This is because Akkermansia muciniphila is what's called an anaerobic organism, which means it can only survive in an environment that is 100% oxygen-free (like your gut). If even a single molecule of oxygen is present during the manufacturing process, the whole batch of Akkermansia dies. Since most probiotics on the shelves can tolerate oxygen, there weren't any existing manufacturing processes to grow Akkermansia muciniphila at scale. So the team at Pendulum hired specialized microbiologists to create an oxygen-free manufacturing process from scratch.
How does the Akkermansia muciniphila survive in the capsule? Isn’t it exposed to oxygen there?
Yes, but late in the manufacturing process, the Akkermansia muciniphila is freeze-dried, which evaporates all the water. At that point, it turns into a powder that's stable at higher temperatures and when exposed to oxygen.
What about the other Akkermansia muciniphila supplement results on Google? Do they contain Akkermansia muciniphila as well?
Be careful with results you may find on Google. While other Akkermansia muciniphila supplements pop up, you need to read the ingredients label. Many of these supplements contain fibers that encourage the growth of Akkermansia muciniphila—but they don’t actually contain any Akkermansia muciniphila. Pendulum is the only company that manufactures and sells live Akkermansia in the U.S.
Can you buy Akkermansia muciniphila on Amazon?
Yes! You can now buy Pendulum Akkermansia on Amazon as well as other Pendulum products.
Is there an Akkermansia muciniphila probiotic with Bifidobacterium Infantis?
Yes! In addition to containing Akkermansia muciniphila, both Glucose Control and Metabolic Daily also contain the beneficial-bacteria strain Bifidobacterium infantis.
Is there an Akkermansia muciniphila probiotic with clostridia?
Yes! In addition to containing Akkermansia muciniphila, both Glucose Control and Metabolic Daily also contain Clostridium butyricum and Clostridium beijerinckii.
How else can I support Akkermansia muciniphila in my gut?
Good question, with an easy answer. Try taking what's called a "prebiotic", so called because it benefits the good bacteria in your gut, like Akkermansia muciniphila, to promote a healthy microbiome. You can do this by eating a diet rich in polyphenols, or by taking a Polyphenol Booster made to pair specifically with Akkermansia.
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