If we had to choose a major health discovery from the last decade, it would probably involve gut bacteria (gut flora or microbiota).
In short, if your microbiome gets out of hand – more evil than good bugs you live in your intestinal tract – you are more susceptible to a number of uncomfortable conditions and chronic illnesses.
From a bodybuilding point of view, too many bad bacteria can even affect your calorie intake – you eat the same amount as before, but now the same amount of calories will cause you to consume body fat. These evil bugs can even trigger a craving.
Longevity researchers have been stressing the importance of a healthy gut for some time, but this new research has really excited them.
First of all, yes, that was a study with fruit flies. And you're probably not a fruit fly. The researchers here, however, say that the biochemical pathways of the fruit fly are very similar to those of a human ̵
The scientists fed fruit flies with a "symbiotic", a combination of probiotics and Triphala – a blend of three fruits used in traditional Indian medicine called Ayurveda. These fruits were Amalaki (Indian gooseberry), Bibhitaki and Haritaki.
The flies fed this stack of probiotics and Triphala lived 60% longer and appeared to be protected against chronic diseases related to old age. For fruit flies, this means that they lived 26 days longer than the non-supplemented flies in the study.
Given the inherently short lifespan of a fruit fly, this is a notable boost to longevity.
What This Means to Them
The researchers do NOT expect this stack to extend life span by 60%, but they believe it will help extend people's lives. And there is definitely a synergistic effect between the probiotics and the polyherbal combination drug.
Place this information in your "Keep an eye on it" file for the time being. It sounds promising. In many health food stores you will find Triphala in the form of capsules and powder.
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- Westfall, Lomis, Prakasg. "Extending longevity in Drosophila through communication between the gut and brain." Scientific Reports Volume 8, Item Number: 8362 (2018)
- Michael Rosenbaum, Rob Knight and Rudolph L. Leibel, "The Intestinal Microbiota of Human Energy Homeostasis and Obesity" Trends Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Sep; 26 (9): 493-501.