The appendix is a worm shaped structure found in the abdomen usually on the lower right side of the small intestines. Studies have shown that this weird useless structure has evolved 32 times among mammals. It is now believed that the appendix helps protect our “good” bacteria in our gut or colon. That’s great because that helps our immune system.
Charles Darwin believed that the function of the appendix was there because our distant ancestors survived on a diet of leaves so they required a large cecum which is a portion of the gut that houses bacteria that can help break down the plant tissue and cellulose. He also speculated that our ancestors turned to a fruit based diet that was easier to digest and the large cecum was no longer as needed so it began to shrink. Good thinking Charles.
Scientists challenged Darwin’s idea and decided that the appendix has no purpose. Isn’t that just like scientist? They love to debate (Love you guys). However, for over a century, science has told us that the structure is made up of a particular type of tissue that belongs to the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a large part of our immune system.
I have included a link below if you want to read more on the possible function of the appendix. No worries though if you have had to have an appendectomy. There are many other things you can do to try to keep your immune system working. Taking a good Probiotic daily is a simple one.