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Herbsprout is a webblog and podcast dedicated to sharing the health benefits of herbs, food, innovations related to our gut microbiome. Herbsprout seeks to bridge the vast chasm dividing the mainstream medical community and alternative medicine.

Tryptophan essential to gut health

According to an August 4 2021 Sci Tech Daily tryptophan is an essential amino acid for your microbiome gut health. Tryptophan is known to aid in the creation of the neurotransmitter serotonin and melatonin. Tryptophan is commonly found in milk, turkey, chicken, and oats. A deficiency of tryptophan led threefold increase in the bacterium Acetatifactor, and significant reductions of Mucispirillum and Blautia, concludes the author’s study.

This is first reported by Dr. Sadanand Fulzele, an aging researcher in the Medical College of Georgia Department of Medicine in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

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Fungi may aid in building extraterrestrial habitats says astromycologist

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An August 03 2021 article in the Scientific American interviews what they call the first Astromycologist Paul Stamets along with other research teams who are studying how fungi can be leveraged to build extraterrestrial habitats and perhaps someday even terraform planets.

Stamets says plants need minerals, and “pairing fungi up with plants and debris from humans [causes them to] decompose into a form that then creates rich soils that could help generate the foods that astronauts need.” Stamets has identified oyster mushrooms as one of the best species of mushrooms that is able to breakdown regolith, or asteroid dust so far.

According to the Scientific American article, Stamets says that oyster mushrooms are particularly adept at breaking down hydrocarbons and dismantling them, then restructure them into fungal carbohydrates, or sugars. It is possible he says to feed the mushrooms certain nutritional supplements which create a catalytic reaction, which in turn creates more biodiversity.

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Developing countries show microbial differences

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This study steps outside the wealthy regions of Europe and North America to lower income countries such as Fiji and Guatemala with their gut microbiome research.

As reported in Medical Express’ July 28 2021 issue by Cornell’s David Nutt, Ilana Brito, Cornell assistant professor and the Mong Family Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow in Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering, and her team took microbiome samples from the three global populations and put them in 30 germ-free mice to study immune responses to intestinal infections. Microbial differences among these populations proved to show the varying degrees of response. Researchers also found that “housing the mice together so that they shared microbiota helped mice with low resistance to infection become more resilient”, according to the Medical Express report. The less resilient mice benefited from the sharing of microbiota.

Brito and her team found that Guatemala microbiota proved most resistant, followed by the U.S., then Fiji, according to the Medical Express report where she is quoted, "The interesting thing was they are exhibiting these differences in resilience to infection in a very short time.” This points to a possible health remedy through sharing microbiota across regions of the world.

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