From Bulgarian probiotics, early 20th-century colostomy fads, and fish fecal transplants to ... colanic acid.
For centuries, man has been attempting to extend the healthy human lifespan by investigating the correlation between health and the microbiome. In the past, these methods have been largely unsuccessful. New research is emerging that focuses on the 29 strains of E. coli that protect against age-associated diseases, causing the host to live at least 10% longer and healthier. Two of these strains are involved in the production of colanic acid, which stimulates the host's mitochondria to proliferate and to be more resilient. This research has been proven to extend life in worms, fruit flies, and mammalian cells, and experiments have now progressed to mice.