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The Effect of Probiotics on the Production of Short-Chain Fatty Acids by Human Intestinal Microbiome

Institute of Fermentation Technology and Microbiology, Department of Biotechnology and Food Sciences, Lodz University of Technology, 90-924 Łódź, Poland
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Nutrients 2020, 12(4), 1107; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12041107
Received: 16 March 2020 / Revised: 10 April 2020 / Accepted: 13 April 2020 / Published: 16 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Prebiotics and Probiotics)
The relationship between diet and the diversity and function of the intestinal microbiome and its importance for human health is currently the subject of many studies. The type and proportion of microorganisms found in the intestines can determine the energy balance of the host. Intestinal microorganisms perform many important functions, one of which is participation in metabolic processes, e.g., in the production of short-chain fatty acids—SCFAs (also called volatile fatty acids). These acids represent the main carbon flow from the diet to the host microbiome. Maintaining intestinal balance is necessary to maintain the host’s normal health and prevent many diseases. The results of many studies confirm the beneficial effect of probiotic microorganisms on the balance of the intestinal microbiome and produced metabolites, including SCFAs. The aim of this review is to summarize what is known on the effects of probiotics on the production of short-chain fatty acids by gut microbes. In addition, the mechanism of formation and properties of these metabolites is discussed and verified test results confirming the effectiveness of probiotics in human nutrition by modulating SCFAs production by intestinal microbiome is presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: probiotics; human health; SCFA; intestinal microbiome; metabolites of bacteria probiotics; human health; SCFA; intestinal microbiome; metabolites of bacteria
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Markowiak-Kopeć, P.; Śliżewska, K. The Effect of Probiotics on the Production of Short-Chain Fatty Acids by Human Intestinal Microbiome. Nutrients 2020, 12, 1107. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12041107

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Markowiak-Kopeć P, Śliżewska K. The Effect of Probiotics on the Production of Short-Chain Fatty Acids by Human Intestinal Microbiome. Nutrients. 2020; 12(4):1107. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12041107

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Markowiak-Kopeć, Paulina, and Katarzyna Śliżewska. 2020. "The Effect of Probiotics on the Production of Short-Chain Fatty Acids by Human Intestinal Microbiome" Nutrients 12, no. 4: 1107. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12041107

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