A recent study suggests that certain types of bacteria found in baby feces could encourage short-chain fatty acid production in human intestines.
Could baby feces help us digest our food better? Researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine, North Carolina, USA explain in Scientific Reports that they have developed a probiotic cocktail derived from strains of bacteria found in baby excrement. This probiotic cocktail will be able to help our bodies produce short-chain fatty acids. According to these researchers, baby feces could possibly help us have a better digestion.
Lead study author Hariom Yadav, an assistant professor of molecular medicine, said in a statement, “Short-chain fatty acids are a key component of good gut health.” He continued, “People with diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disorders and cancers frequently have fewer short-chain fatty acids. Increasing them may be helpful in maintaining or even restoring a normal gut environment, and hopefully, improving health.”
In a digestive system deprived of short-chain fatty acids, a probiotic containing microbes found in infants’ feces could help stimulate their production.
Researchers explain that they isolated 10 bacteria strains in 34 samples of baby feces – 5 types of Lactobacillus bateria and 5 types of Enterococcus bacteria – so that they could come to this conclusion. They then selected the strains they believed were best suited to making a probiotic cocktail of microbes that could not only survive in older intestines but also stimulate the production of short-chain fatty acids. Tests carried out on mice and in an environment that simulates a human intestine showed that digestive balance could be restored effectively with this probiotic cocktail.
“This work provides evidence that these human-origin probiotics could be exploited as [treatments] for human diseases associated with gut microbiome imbalance and decreased SCFA production in the gut,” concluded Yudav, the main researcher on the project.
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