The researchers found the bacteria after examining the poop or Boston Marathon runners. To generate energy for itself, Veillonella breaks down lactic acid, which is produced at higher level when athletes perform particularly strenuous activities. To determine if the bacteria was making a difference, the researchers isolated and strain it and inserted it into 1
While Veillonella shows promise as a potential performance enhancer, it's still early on in the internships of research. The test shows a possible positive feedback between the bacteria and a host, but it's not clear if it will translate to humans in the same way or if it will prove safe for consumption. Plus, there are plenty of questions that need answers, including why the bacteria appears to be more prevalent in some people if using it would count as a performance enhancer, which could be considered cheating.