Life & Style Weekend - - STUFF -

You are what you eat. Or so the say­ing goes. Sci­ence tells us the bac­te­ria living in our in­testi­nal tract could have an in­flu­ence on how well we age. Build­ing on this, Mcgill Univer­sity sci­en­tists fed fruit flies with a com­bi­na­tion of pro­bi­otics and a herbal supplement called triphala that was able to pro­long the flies’ longevity by 60 per cent and pro­tect them against chronic dis­eases as­so­ci­ated with age­ing.

Re­searchers of the study, pub­lished in Sci­en­tific Re­ports, said the fruit fly was re­mark­ably sim­i­lar to mam­mals with about 70 per cent sim­i­lar­ity in terms of their bio­chem­i­cal path­ways, mak­ing it a good in­di­ca­tor of what would hap­pen in hu­mans.

Triphala is a for­mu­la­tion made from amalaki, bib­hi­taki and har­i­taki, fruits used as medic­i­nal plants in ayurveda.

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