Health of our gut is one of the most important factors that affects many other organs and our overall health. Having a healthy diet is the key to maintain the gut in good order, but even with good diet, there are changes that happen with aging that negate the benefits of quality eating. According to new research, deficiency in certain acids causes the microbiome of the gut to provide diminishing protection which results in localized inflammations in other part of the body.
- Found in foods such as milk, poultry and oats, tryptophan is important to a healthy gut microbiota.
- In mice, the low tryptophan diet lead to reduced levels of key bacteria and generally higher levels of inflammation.
- If kept healthy, our microbiota should protect us from the ravages of aging.
“in aged mice, just eight weeks on a low-tryptophan diet results in some unhealthy changes in the trillions of bacteria that comprise the gut microbiota”