For a long time no one ever knew what the function of the human appendix was used for.
The function of this seemingly redundant organ has now been revealed by scientists and they believe that it acts as a store house for good bacteria to replenish the good bacteria in the gut when it’s depleted as a result of dysentery, cholera or diarrhea.
It is believed that in a bout of diarrhea the body loses a significant amount of the good bacteria in the gut and the appendix gives the body’s gut a fresh supply of useful bacteria, this is according to researchers from Duke University Medical Centre in North Carolina.
However, this discovery does not mean that this organ should be retained if infected and inflamed according to Professor Bill Parker.
Researchers found out this fact about this organ from observing koalas who gave a much larger appendix than humans. The primary diet of koalas is eucalyptus leaves which are difficult to digest but their appendix helps provide the bacteria needed to breakdown the leaves.
It is believed that if these eucalyptus leaves should become extinct then the koalas will have to adjust to a new diet and this can lead to their appendix becoming smaller and redundant in the process.
As in the case in the human appendix where dietary and lifestyle changes have led to our appendix becoming less active than it might have been in the past.
The importance of this organ can therefore not be overemphasised as it is vital to maintaining the natural bacteria floral in the gut and ensuring that there is a balance in the stomach to engage actively in digestion and the maintenance of the digestive enzymes in our guts.
Source: Political Blind Spot