New Research Reveals How Important is The Appendix
Which part of our body is the appendix and what exactly does for our body? We rarely mention this organ and we only mention it when we need to remove it.
The appendix is attached to the large intestines and it represents a tube-shaped sac. It has thin and worm-like shape. People for years considered it as a useless or ineffective souvenir of our evolutionary past.
Many scientists, including the magnificent Charles Darwin, believed that this small “part” of the intestine was a vestigial organ that once helped humans digest tree bark. Since tree bark doesn’t make part of the average human’s diet any more, people thought that the appendix was no longer serving any use. Recent research suggests the opposite.
In the digestive system, this part of our body may produce and protect useful and beneficial probiotic colonies. According to scientists and researchers, our digestive system is full of bacteria that is actually necessary in order to digest food. When diseases comes and attack, these important bacteria are purged or simply killed off. In situations like these, the appendix acts as a reserve for good bacteria. After our immune system beats off the disease, the bacteria in fact emerge and re-colonize the gut.
For the past few decades, conventional medicine said that the appendix wasn’t very important organ and had little function.
But evidence shows the result that this organ may play a vital and essential function in the development of the immune system. According to research, after birth lymphoid tissue accumulates in the appendix. The appendix, in turn, helps in the production of antibodies and the maturation of B lymphocytes. It is producing specific molecules that help in the lymphocytes movement to different locations within our body.
Based on current deeper researches it seems like this organ serves as an extra place or “reservoir” for beneficial gut flora. This organ can store some of the good bacteria for back up, when illness reduces good bacteria from the intestines.
Studies also have shown that people without an appendix could be 4 times more likely to suffer from an irritation of the large intestine. Spore-forming bacteria cause that irritation. The name is recurrent Clostidium difficile colitis. This condition is often present when our body runs low on gut flora. It potentially explaining its role in maintaining probiotic levels and the connection between the appendix.
Even though the research is ongoing, we can conclude that the appendix represents an important part for maintaining optimal health.