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Bill Sardi Health Blog

  • Modern version: apple a day keeps the doctor away

    Now there is a lot of talk about gut bacteria these days and it is quite valid.  The four pounds of bacteria in our gut (intestines) is the locus of inflammation in our body.  Low-grade inflammation is the hallmark characteristic of aging.  In one remarkable study, researchers provided a molecule found in grapes to the diet of animals and via favorable alteration of gut bacteria, atherosclerotic plaque in the arteries of lab animals remarkably vanished! []

    Now probiotics {Bifidus and Acidophilus) and pre-biotics (molecules that promote beneficial bacteria) are being widely promoted.  The medical literature points to fermented foods (pickles, sauerkraut, miso), fungi (mushrooms), glucans from oats and barley, to promote beneficial bacteria in the gut.  However, a simple dietary approach would be to eat 2 apples a day.  Two apples has been shown to improve intestinal environment, increase Bifidobacteria, with apple pectin being a key ingredient.  [Anaerobe 2010]