WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Scientists revealed that they found a new source of the “good bacteria” that could be beneficial to people’s health.
- When researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine in North Carolina fed bacteria from collected diapers to mice, the results were favorable.
- The gut health of the mice improved, making the scientists excited about the breakthrough.
What do you think of yogurt made out of baby poop?
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for you, especially your digestive system, according to WebMd. These are “good” or “helpful” bacteria, not the germs that can make you sick, as they help keep your gut healthy.
Currently, yogurt and the trendy kombucha tea are the things that come to mind when we hear probiotics.
Recently, scientists discovered a new source of probiotics: baby poop. Published Thursday in Scientific Reports, the study finds that a probiotic “cocktail” obtained from gut bacteria found in infant feces is a future medical breakthrough as these bacteria could promote the production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) in mice, and in a medium simulating the human gut.
SCFA molecules are a subset of fatty acids that are churned out by some types of gut microbes during the fermentation of fiber, Live Science explains.
According to the scientists, SCFA are linked with gut health and protection against disease, therefore a probiotic that has baby-poop microbes could offer health benefits by enhancing SCFA production in a weakened digestive system.
“Short-chain fatty acids are a key component of good gut health,” lead study author Hariom Yadav, an assistant professor of molecular medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine, said in a statement.
“People with diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disorders and cancers frequently have fewer short-chain fatty acids,’ Yadav added. “Increasing them may be helpful in maintaining or even restoring a normal gut environment, and hopefully, improving health.”
The scientists said that previous studies tested the use and impact of probiotics in guts already affected by disease. This time, they wanted to test how a probiotic would impact SCFA production in a healthy gut that’s why they opted to work with baby poop because baby’s gut microbiomes are usually free from age-related diseases
The researchers discovered that even single doses maintained the healthy microbial balance and increased SCFA production in both the mice and the feces medium.
“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,” Yadav said.
But the team agrees that further research is needed before baby-poop probiotics become available from health-food stores.
Yadav concluded: “Our data should be useful for future studies aimed at investigating the influence of probiotics on human microbiome, metabolism and associated diseases.”
Source: Live Science