They say that over 70% of the immune system is in the gut. Now, science confirms it.
Researchers found that certain gut bacteria actively help you fight off tumors. They specifically tested Bifidobacterium pseudolongum, Lactobacillus johnsonii and Olsenella species, and found that intestinal B. pseudolongum particularly enhanced defense against tumors.
The scientists credit B. pseudolongum’s ability to produce a particular compound, inosine, with its ability to fight tumors.
These findings are exciting because of the possibilities for biologists to leverage these bacterial strains to develop immunotherapies and eventually come closer to a cure for cancer. This strain, in particular, can be grown outside the body and made into a supplement capsule. Or, scientists may turn to the inosine itself and try to manufacture it for therapeutic use.
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