New Delhi: It is well known that human gut is home to hundreds of bacteria. Now a group of Indian scientists have isolated an edible bacterium that promises to help deal with vitamin-B12 deficiency.
Researchers from National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) at Karnal have isolated two novel strains of food-grade bacteria called Lactobacillus plantarum, which produces vitamin B 12, after screening close to 59 strains using a new screening method. The vitamin-producing strains have been isolated from mother’s milk and child’s fecal matter.
As per Dr Bharat Bhushan, a member of the research team, both the strains are safe for human consumption in the form of any food formulation. “The vitamin B12 producer bacteria isolated from human milk sample highlights the positive role of breastfeeding for healthy gut of infants,” he added.
(L-R) The team of researchers included Dr Sudhir Kumar Tomar, Dr Surajit Mandal and Dr Bharat Bhushan.