New Science on Leafy Greens & Gut Health

Researchers from Melbourne University, Bio21 Institute and University of York have shown that leafy green vegetables are a vital part of good gut health. Leafy greens contain high quantities of sugars called sulfoquinovose (SQ) which feed good bacteria in the digestive system. A newly discovered enzyme is used by bacteria such as E. coli to metabolize the SQ, shutting out undesirable colonies of bad bacteria and fungi. This process may be a vital step in the creation of new classes of antibiotics but it also reinforces the importance of including leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale and green barley in our diets.


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