publication . Other literature type . Article . 1995

Dietary Modulation of the Human Colonic Microbiota: Introducing the Concept of Prebiotics

Glenn R. Gibson; Marcel B. Roberfroid;
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  • Published: 01 Jun 1995
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Abstract
Because the human gut microbiota can play a major role in host health, there is currently some interest in the manipulation of the composition of the gut flora towards a potentially more remedial community. Attempts have been made to increase bacterial groups such as Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus that are perceived as exerting health-promoting properties. Probiotics, defined as microbial food supplements that beneficially affect the host by improving its intestinal microbial balance, have been used to change the composition of colonic microbiota. However, such changes may be transient, and the implantation of exogenous bacteria therefore becomes limited. In ...
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free text keywords: Nutrition and Dietetics, Medicine (miscellaneous)
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