Bugs are trampled, trampled and sprayed in this country for a good price. But they are often valued as delicious food around the world. It is estimated that 9.5 billion caterpillars are harvested in southern Africa each year, for a turnover of 85 million US dollars. And in Mexico, magic worms can end up in a tortilla or at the bottom of a bottle of mezcal.
We advocate another pair of “bugs,” Lactobacillus johnsonii and Lactobacillus gasseri, which researchers at Oregon State University say may help prevent and treat type 2 diabetes. These probiotic bacteria are just two of the many lactobacilli that help keep your gut, body and brain healthy. And these – Johnsonii and Gasseri – seem to have a special relationship with the power centers of your liver cells (mitochondria). This particular interaction enables them to optimize the metabolism of glucose and fats in your body. As a result, their ingestion has been linked to lower body weight and better management of post-meal glucose levels – two important factors in preventing or controlling diabetes.
These lactobacilli are found in various probiotic supplements (read the labels), and you can increase your likelihood of ingesting them by eating a wide variety of probiotic foods. One example is fermented beverage kefir, which can contain up to 61 strains of bacteria and yeast. You can also aid in their good works by feeding your gut bacteria prebiotics (they must eat too) like Jerusalem artichoke, chicory root, garlic, onions, and oats.
Oz hosts “The Dr. Oz Show” and is Roizen’s chief wellness officer and chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute.