Secret to longevity may lie in the microbiome and the gut

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You are what you eat. Or so the saying goes. Science now tells us that we are what the bacteria living in our intestinal tract eat and this could have an influence on how well we age. Building on this, McGill University scientists fed fruit flies with a combination of probiotics and an herbal supplement called Triphala that was able to prolong the flies’ longevity by 60 % and protect them against chronic diseases associated with aging.

The study, published in Scientific Reports, adds to a growing body of evidence of the influence that gut bacteria can have on health. The researchers incorporated a symbiotic — made of probiotics with a polyphenol-rich supplement — into the diet of fruit flies.

The flies fed with the symbiotic lived up to 66 days old — 26 days more than the ones without the supplement. They also showed reduced traits of aging, such as…

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