Navigation Links
How the Apple Keeps the Doctor Away
Date:1/20/2010

Good bacteria in the gut may get a boost from the fruit, study finds

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Common wisdom holds apples to be a healthy snack, and a new study agrees, finding that a component of fruit called pectin boosts levels of friendly germs in the digestive system.

Microbiologists at the University of Denmark's National Food Institute tested the effect of apple consumption by feeding rats a diet of whole apples as well as apple-derived products such as apple juice and puree.

The researchers then checked the bacteria in the guts of the rats to see if consuming apples affected levels of "friendly" bacteria, which are bacteria that are beneficial for digestive health and may reduce the risk of some diseases.

The study findings were published online Jan. 20 in the journal BMC Microbiology.

"In our study we found that rats eating a diet high in pectin, a component of dietary fiber in apples, had increased amounts of certain bacteria that may improve intestinal health," study co-researcher Andrea Wilcks said in a news release from the journal's publisher.

"It seems that when apples are eaten regularly and over a prolonged period of time, these bacteria help produce short-chain fatty acids that provide ideal pH conditions for ensuring a beneficial balance of microorganisms. They also produce a chemical called butyrate, which is an important fuel for the cells of the intestinal wall," Wilcks added.

The study authors noted that more research is needed to determine whether the findings in rats apply to humans.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has details on friendly bacteria.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: BioMed Central Limited, news release, Jan. 20, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Educus.com Launches ICD-9 app for Apple iPhone and Android Devices
2. Medical and Legal Professionals Find Relief Leveraging Apple iPhone App for Dictation and Transcription 'On the Go'
3. Zargis Cleared as Apple iPhone Developer; Medical Applications for Smartphones Planned
4. Apple Vending is a Strong Growth Segment Despite Tough Economic Times
5. Video: Celebrities Join Christina Applegate to Share Their Heart for Breast Cancer Awareness
6. Ben Shappley Joins Amedicas Leadership Team
7. College Intern Lives in Skilled Nursing Center, Apple Rehab, for Two Weeks
8. Leading Sperm Bank Expands Fertility Preservation Services to the Big Apple
9. RehabCare Leverages Force.com Platform to Build Custom Healthcare Application for use on Apple iPhone
10. Christina Applegate Returns as the 2009 Lee National Denim Day Ambassador
11. St. Christophers Foundation for Children Ronald McDonald Care Mobile(R) Dental Program to be Celebrated at Foundations Apple Blossom Ball
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... ‘Tis the season for giving! Today, 20 creative ... National Family Partnership and the Drug Enforcement Administration as part of the National Red ... 10 winning schools who decorated their campuses with this year’s Red Ribbon Week theme: ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... , ... November 30, 2016 , ... ... they now offer a comprehensive in-house dental plan for all patients. Understanding that ... a plan that gives patients a number of perks, including discounts on many ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... ... November 30, 2016 , ... ... Deloitte Wisconsin 75, an annual ranking and recognition of the largest closely held ... list, having ranked from 2008-2016. In addition, Standard Process was awarded the Talent ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... ... November 30, 2016 , ... Center For ... announced the opening of a new residential mental health treatment program in Chino ... issues such as severe anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, and other related issues. , ...
(Date:11/30/2016)... ... November 30, 2016 , ... ... and stylish design wanted by today’s consumers at an affordable price, is now ... says the new watch is “a game changer” when it comes to the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... bioLytical Laboratories, ein Weltführer bei schnellen Tests für ... Apothekenbundes von Kenia eingeführt. Continue Reading ... ... Test! (PRNewsFoto/bioLytical Laboratories) ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161201/444905 ) bioLytical wurde durch die ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... , December 2, 2016 Orthopedic Implants ... Support) is Expected to Gain a Significant Market Share Owing ... Ailments  ... According to a new ... Medical Implants Sterile Packaging: Clamshell Product Type Segment Projected to ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... December 2, 2016 On Thursday, the ... in red, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average managed to ... of US markets, which prompted Stock-callers this morning to look ... (NASDAQ: NUVA ), Smith & Nephew PLC (NYSE: ... NXTM ), and Cesca Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ: KOOL ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: