Coprococcus, a common genus of beneficial bacteria, has been utilized in research to gauge an individual’s gut health. High levels of stress can reduce or deplete levels of Coprococcus and allow potentially bad bacteria, such as Clostridia spp., to overgrow and cause dysbiosis. In addition, researchers have often observed a lack of Coprococcus in the gut microbiomes of autistic children.


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