Healthy Elderly Have the Same Gut Microbiome as Healthy 30-Year-Olds

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In one of the largest microbiota studies conducted, researchers suggest a potential link between healthy aging and a healthy gut.  The results showed a direct correlation between health and the microbes in the intestine. The overall microbiota composition of the healthy elderly group was similar to that of people decades younger, and the gut microbiota differed little between individuals from the ages of 30 to over 100. The researchers suggests that maintaining diversity of gut microbiota as one ages maybe a biomarker of healthy aging.

Digestive health is one of the top nutrition trends in 2017, and studies like this one show that it is not going anywhere any time soon. For more information on digestive health, head to our blogs:

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