DID YOU KNOW?
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.