Go With Your Gut: Modulating Antimicrobial Resistance for Health and Well-Being
Antibiotic resistance has the potential to become one of the greatest challenges of our generation due to the ever-increasing rise in bacterial strains that are less and less sensitive to existing treatments. A drawback to the use of antibiotics is their non-specific effects on the gut microbiome. In fact, their use can lead to a reduction in overall gut microfloral diversity, allowing for the continued proliferation of resistant species. This can have negative impacts on both health and performance. One strategy includes using nutritional supplements such as mannan-rich fractions (MRF) to rehabilitate microfloral diversity. This approach will have significant practical value in commercial production and will also have beneficial impacts on consumer health and well-being.