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Stress-busting fatty acids discovered in Mycobacterium vaccae

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Mycobacterium vaccae (M. vaccae) is a type of bacteria found in the natural environment, including soil, that’s previously been found to have anti-inflammatory, immunoregulatory and stress resilience properties
  • When evaluating M. vaccae, researchers identified and isolated 10(Z)-hexadecenoic acid, a novel fatty acid that they then sequenced to determine how it interacted with immune cells
  • The fatty acid, or lipid, proved to bind to peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR), inhibiting inflammation-boosting pathways
  • When researchers treated cells with 10(Z)-hexadecenoic acid, they were better able to resist inflammation

Humans' modern-day obsession with keeping their homes and bodies regularly disinfected and as close to sterile as possible has come at a steep price — the lack of regular communing with beneficial microbes in the environment.

The issue is only compounded by the fact that many people no longer spend much time outdoors working, playing or otherwise cohabitating with the soil and all of its biological inhabitants.

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