miso-soupThese aren’t your old-school eat-an-apple-a-day doctor’s orders. These are more eat-yummy-food-and-you-may-stay-healthier guidelines.

A recent study from Forsyth Institute would suggest that certain microscopic probiotics in fermented foods like yogurt and miso soup could impact your health in a BIG way. The microorganism in today’s spotlight? Say hello to Corynebacterium accolens (C. accolens).

The 101 on C. accolens

Native to the nose, gut, and skin, this friendly probiotic is often found in the human body. Researchers believe that the oleric acid released from C. accolens inhibits Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae).  With known correlations to one million deaths annually in children under five in developing countries, S. pneumoniae is linked to everything from middle ear infections to meningitis and septicaemia, explained Nutra Ingredients. This makes the discovery of C. accolens’  S. pneumoniae-fighting abilities invaluable in modern-day medicine.

And the way this natural inhabitant of the skin’s microbiome combats this pathogen is pretty cool. “Specifically, a particular enzyme allows C. accolens to release antibacterial free fatty acids from representative host skin surface triacylglycerols. Performing this action, the innocuous nasal bug thwarts  the growth of harmful S. pneumoniae,” reported Medical Daily.

Even more compelling is that “New data published in the American Society for Microbiology indicated the Corynebacterium species were abundant in children free of S. pneumoniae,” reported the same Nutra Ingredient article. 

Why Fermented Food?

So we’ve covered why C. accolens is a potential game-changer in the medical arena. But why bother with fermented food if this bacterium already inhabits the nasal passage, skin, and gut? Like we’ve learned with other residents of the gut, lifestyle and medical treatment (read: antibiotics) can deplete these friendly microorganisms.

That’s where fermented food enters the scene. These probiotic-rich food sources are often home to a slew of beneficial microorganisms like C. accolens.

With easy –and savory– ways to incorporate more probiotics into your lifestyle, it may be easier than ever to combat health threats.