Human Microbiome Facts Update
Information about the Human Microbiome continues to grow. Lita Proctor of the National Human Genome Research Institute says, “Scientists are experiencing startling insights into the role that microorganisms play, not only in disease, but more importantly in our health and well-being.”
Lita Proctor is Program Director for the Human Microbiome Project which was the 8-year project by the ‘National Institute of Health’ to find out more about microorganisms that are found in both healthy and diseased people.
Whether we understand it or not, we all have a unique microbiome ‘in us’ and ‘on us’. It’s comprised of more than 100 trillion microbes. It even outnumbers our human cells by about ten to one. Hard to imagine! The question arises …… what are all the microbes doing? These good microbes play a very important role in many body functions.
Microbiome and Body Function
To start, microbes perform essential functions like digestion of food. Studies have also linked the microbiome to our mood and our behavior. Other areas that researchers are looking at are gut health in general, human development, and also metabolic disorders.
- Play a role in the manufacturing neurotransmitters (including serotonin),
- Help manufacture enzymes and vitamins, especially Vitamin B and K
- Help manufacture amino acid and very importantly,
- Help manufacture short chain fatty acids
And yes, they support your immune system, protect you from disease, detoxify your body
and even reduce obesity.
What does the microbiome feed on?
These microbes need food. What kind of food do they eat? Prebiotics. Prebiotics are the food that feeds the bacteria in our gut. Prebiotics increase the beneficial bacterial populations of the gut, called the probiome, which consists mainly of bifidobacteria and lactobacillus.
Prebiotics are generally food ingredients that are not easily digested by the body. They come in the form of fiber that can be fermented by those microbes or bacteria that live on our gut. A very important by product of this fermentation process is the production of short-chain fatty acids that nourish the gut barrier and help prevent inflammation.
Examples of fermented foods like sauerkraut, kim chi, kombucha, and pickled veggies all encourage the growth of good bacteria. Add to that some unique prebiotic fiber made from partially hydrolyzed guar gum – PHGG. PHGG has been researched and found to produce non-digestible short-chain fatty acids that help your good bacteria flourish.
Just recently Transparency Market Research (TMR), a U.S.-based provider of syndicated and customized research, and consulting services published a report on the Global Human Microbiome Market, providing a 360-degree view of the market with statistical forecasts, key trends, and strategic recommendations.
They say that the global human microbiome market can be segmented on the basis of disease, application, product and geography. The disease segment is further classified into allergic conditions, autoimmune diseases, cancer, diarrhea, diabetes, obesity and others. They go on to suggest that products for the human microbiome include prebiotics, probiotics, drugs, devices, and medical foods.
In the report they, too, state that ‘consumption of a favorable prebiotic enhances the proliferation of beneficial microbes, thereby promoting improved digestive function.’ They also tell us that “advances in next generation sequencing technologies have shaped a new research field known as ‘metagenomics’, which allows comprehensive examination of microbial communities, and eliminating the need for their cultivation.”
More about metagenomics later.
For now, do consider introducing Perfect Pass PHGG Prebiotic as a perfect source of fertilizer to help feed your good microbes, increase their diversity and so make your digestive system that much stronger.