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Functional Foods and the Gut Microbiome

Ajayi, Ayodeji and Ogunleye, Bimpe O and Oluwasola, Michael A. and Ohore, Hannah U. and Akinnola, Olayemi O. (2020) Functional Foods and the Gut Microbiome. Tropical Journal of Natural Product Research, 4 (1). pp. 861-865. ISSN 2616-0684 (Print) ISSN 2616-0692 (Electronic

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The diversity of microorganisms that inhabits the gut play vital roles as determinants of human health. Among other factors, diet has a significant impact on gut microbial composition and function. This is as a result of the biotransformation of food components and the production of metabolites by the microorganisms. Examples of gut microbiota include Bifidobacterium, Lac-tobacillus, Streptococcus, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The interplay between the diet, gut micro-biota, and the host occurs as the diet changes the gut microbiota composition and function, which in turn affects the host biochemical processes. Thus, diet is currently considered one of the most critical factors that control microbiota structure and metabolism. Functional foods such as probiotic products, prebiotics, symbiotic and dietary polyphenols can modulate the microbio-ta. This is a result of the health benefits associated with these foods. More knowledge of the interactions between functional foods and specific intestinal bacteria could contribute to a better understanding of both positive and negative interactions in vivo and the identification of new microorganisms inhabiting the gut.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Probiotics, Prebiotics, Synbiotics, Gut microbiota.
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2023 15:29
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2023 15:29

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