Bacteria in fermented food signal the immune system

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BACTERIA IN FERMENTED FOOD SIGNAL THE HUMAN IMMUNE SYSTEM, EXPLAINING HEALTH BENEFITS

A metabolite produced by lactic acid bacteria binds to the third hydroxycarboxylic acid receptor (HCA), signalling the immune system. Researchers believe the receptor evolved to allow great apes to consume foods that were starting to decay. They suggest the receptor could mediate some beneficial and anti-inflammatory effects of lactic acid in humans, and could serve as a target to treat inflammatory diseases. READ MORE…
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GASTROINTESTINAL COMPLAINTS IN CHILDREN COULD SIGNAL FUTURE MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM

A correlation between gastrointestinal symptoms, adversity and childhood anxiety has been identified by researchers at Columbia University. Studying fMRI data and fecal samples, researchers noted adversity was associated with microbial diversity changes and differences prefrontal cortex activation in response to emotional faces. READ MORE…

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