Gut bacteria might help extend life: Study

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London: According to the information given through a study, gut bacteria supplements might one day help in extending the life or make way for slowing down the ageing process. It will also help in reducing the progression of tumours.

Researchers identified bacteria — C.elegans — whose genes and compounds extend the life as well as slow down the progression of tumours and the accumulation of amyloidal-beta — a compound associated with Alzheimer’s disease.




“The scientific community is increasingly aware that our body’s interactions with the millions of microbes in our bodies, the micro biome, can influence many of our functions, such as cognitive and metabolic activities and ageing,” said Meng Wang, associate professor at Baylor University.

“In this work we investigated whether the genetic composition of the micro biome might also be important for longevity,” Wang added.