Blood type and gut bacteria

Blood type and gut bacteria

Blood type and gut bacteria

Antigens, apart from living on the surface of red blood cells (RBCs), are also found in the digestive tract lining in most people. A number of bacteria living in the gut use these antigens as a food source. This determines which of the bacteria disappear and thrive. Research has been done with supportive evidence to show that the gut of those with the type B blood, contain as much as 50,000 times the number of friendly strands of bacteria than those with type O or type A blood.

Studies have also shown that changes in the content of microflora (community of bacteria and other microorganisms) of the digestive tract, may have a link to certain metabolic conditions which include obesity and even diabetes. Research has concluded that a person’s blood type can play a vital role in the presence of gut bacteria and characteristics of the digestive tract.

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