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A recent study published in Nature Microbiology analyzed 195 centenarians from Japan and Sardinia. The researchers uncovered a unique gut microbiome that could hold the key to the exceptional longevity observed in this population. This study marks a significant breakthrough in comprehending the crucial role of the gut microbiome in preserving health and fighting illnesses.
“We are always eager to find out why some people live extremely long lives,” first author of the study Joachim Johansen from the Infectious Disease and Microbiome Program at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, said in a statement.
“Previous research has shown that the intestinal bacteria of old Japanese citizens produce brand-new molecules that make them resistant to pathogenic—that is, disease-promoting—microorganisms.”
Johansen further emphasized that the protective properties of these people’s unique microbiome likely contribute to their extended lifespans.
Viruses Play a Key Role in Gut Health
The human digestive system contains trillions of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi, which collectively make up the gut microbiome.
This part of the body is unique in its high level of responsiveness to environmental factors such as diet, medication, and stress. Recent research highlights the critical role that viruses play in maintaining a healthy gut microbiome and promoting overall wellness.
The Importance of Hydrogen Sulfide
In an email interview with The Epoch Times, Colby Kash, chief operating officer and co-founder of Camelot BioCapital and author of “The Autoimmune Plague: How to Regain Sovereignty Over Your Body and Life,” noted the importance of a specific substance associated with a virus identified in the centenarian microbiome study.
“The additional genes [found in the viruses] supported the production of hydrogen sulfide, which is known to have a beneficial longevity effect in the right amounts,” he said.