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Dietary probiotics, prebiotics and the gut microbiota in human health

Oliver Chen; Marc Heyndrickx; Alexandra Meynier; Arthur Ouwehand; Bruno Pot; Bernd Stahl; Stephan Theis; Elaine Vaughan; Michela Miani

The scientific understanding of prebiotic and probiotic mechanisms has grown substantially in recent years. Although effects are often strain and product specific, some prebiotic and probiotic benefits may be driven by common, shared mechanisms and may therefore be generalizable. The use of emerging physiological and analytical tools in a multidisciplinary research setting will enable the elucidation of further mechanisms. In this way, it will be possible to improve the understanding of prebiotic, probiotic and synbiotic health effects. Based on recent sound scientific evidence, the monograph is a valuable reference work, aimed at informing a wide audience about the intestinal microbiota and the prebiotic and probiotic nutritional concepts.

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