Leafy Greens Could Unlock the Secret to Gut Health
Leafy greens have often been touted as the most critical of the vegetables, offering a rich source of vitamin K, iron, and protein. Now, research suggests leafy greens can promote gut health as well. Gut health plays an important role in digestion, while promoting a healthy immune system. Too much bad gut bacteria can make people sluggish and prone to sickness and gastrointestinal issues. A recent discovery with leafy greens could unlock the secret to the ways good gut bacteria improve overall health.
The studies found that gut bacteria feed on the sugar molecules in leafy greens, which can bolster the production of good gut bacteria, while minimizing the growth of bad bacteria. According to one of the researchers, Dr. Goddard-Borger, this research could help people to improve their own gut health by encouraging good bacteria to reproduce more quickly, thus minimizing the available space for bad bacteria. The bacteria in the gut is able to extract the sugars from the greens, which helps to fuel their growth and reproduction. Yet, only good gut bacteria is able to subside on plant-based sugars, which in turn, can help keep bad bacteria at bay.