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21 September 2017

Maintain a healthy community of microorganisms in our digestive system

Research increasingly indicates the importance of having a healthy community of microorganisms in our digestive system. For example, a recent US study demonstrates that mice carry a microbe in their gut that breaks down so-called flavonoids – natural chemicals that occur in foods like red wine and blueberries – thus helping to prevent severe flu infections. According to senior author, Thaddeus Stappenbeck, a diet rich in flavonoids isn’t enough. “You also need the right microbes in the intestine to use those flavonoids to control the immune response" to an infection.

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