Researchers have recently discovered the first scientifically proven example that the microbiome can interfere with your drug medication.
They tested levodopa (L-dopa), the top treatment for Parkinson’s disease and have found chick bacteria out of the trillions of species is responsible for degrading drugs in your body and how to stop the microbes from wasting your medication.
Vayu Maini Rekdal has been manipulating microbes since he was very young, mostly salad dressings, popcorn, and sourdough bread. This is a very natural process we all partake every day, but we don’t realize all the subtle chemical reactions that are happening thanks to concoctions.
When our food leaves our plate, travels through our digestive system and comes to contact with trillions of microbes that live inside our gut to help break down food to absorb any nutrition.
There are certain substances that your body cannot digest on its own, like fiber and the microbes step in with chemistry that our human body just can’t help with.
Thanks to the Human Microbiome Project, Maini Rekdal and his team has been tracking down bacterial DNA to find out which gut microbes have the gene to encode similar enzyme.