Baby poop ‘cocktail’ could be source of valuable probiotics, researchers say

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Probiotics can be found in common foods like yogurt, pickles, and bread. 

But did you know there are also probiotics in baby poop? 

Scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine have developed a probiotic “cocktail” derived from gut bacteria found in baby poop that may help increase the body’s ability to produce short-chain fatty acids. 

“People with diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disorders and cancers frequently have fewer short-chain fatty acids,” said the study’s lead investigator, Hariom Yadav, Ph.D., assistant professor of molecular medicine at Wake Forest. “Increasing them may be helpful in maintaining or even restoring a normal gut environment, and hopefully improving health.”

The report, which is published in the Aug. 23 edition of Scientific Reports, took diaper samples from 34 infants, taking the most promising “samples” to make their feces-based mixture.

Scientists added that if their tests on mice prove successful, dirty diapers could finally be recycled into a useful material.

“Babies are usually pretty healthy and clearly do not suffer from age-related diseases, such as diabetes and cancer,” Yadav added. “And, of course, their poop is readily available.”

The team collected and analyzed fecal samples from the diapers of 34 healthy infants. The researchers then selected the 10 best out of the 321 analyzed.

Scientists wanted to know how human-origin probiotics change the gut and the bacteria that live inside the digestive tract.

Mice were given a single dose, and five consecutive doses of the probiotic cocktail.

Then the researchers injected the same probiotic mixture in the same doses into a human feces medium.

They soon found it enhanced the production of SCFAs in mouse gut and human feces.

While the researchers are all for this “baby poop cocktail,” others are poking fun at the very idea.

 The London Times called “a baby poo smoothie” as possibly the next probiotic fad.

“It’s healthy, it’s organic, it already comes at a smoothie-like consistency,” the Times joked.

You can read more on the study by clicking here. 



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