Jan 13th 2018
The human microbiome appears to have a great impact on aging. Our gastrointestinal tract is home to 100 trillion bacteria. Many are friendly but some are irritating and inflammatory. Large amounts of antigens pass through the gut each day, making the gut mucosa the major site of contact with antigens for the entire body.
Friendly gut bacteria safeguard our health because they secrete antimicrobial peptides that fight pathogens through interaction with epithelial cells. Scientists have found certain probiotics strengthen the gastric lining and reduce inflammation. Since most of our immune system comes from our gut, this improves overall health.
As we age our immune function declines. Restoring its youthful robust activity is the goal of many anti-aging researchers.
Probiotics have been proven to help support healthy immune function, activating IgA, NK cells and neutrophils, as well as balancing Th1 and Th2 immune activity. Older mice fed probiotics showed inflammatory markers similar to young mice and increased lifespans.
The role of probiotics is under more investigation as scientists try to understand how they influence many aspects of health from digestion to obesity to lifespan.
Because of their importance, MDR offers Tummy Probiotics for daily use to help support immune defenses and healthy longevity.