Unusual Sugar in Leafy Greens May Help Gut Bacteria Protect Health

vegesResearch findings published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology have shown the benefits of eating leafy greens. The leafy green vegetables contain an unusual sugar molecule called sulfoquinovose (SQ) which is important for beneficial bacteria found in the gut. The sugar helps the bacteria to grow and to crowd out the bad bacteria.

The bacteria use that SQ as a source of carbon and sulfur. Sulfur is a source of structural proteins. The SQ is a source of energy for the crucial strains of Escherichia coli which form a protective barrier that prevents the growth of the bad bacteria. This is essential for healthy gut and for digestion.

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