Special Issue "Impact of Food Additives and Supplements on Gastrointestinal and Systemic Health"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.
Interests: magnesium homeostasis; magnesium transport; magnesium channels; oxidative stress; cancer cells; cellular aging; signal transduction;IBD and gut microbiota, food supplements and health
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Interests: Gut Microbiota; probiotics; mucosal immunology; Inflammatory Bowel Disease; microbiome sequencing; bioinformatics; Translational research
Interests: magnesium absorption; magnesium channels; cell proliferation; human diseases, preventive medicine, aging
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Interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Digestive Disease; Colon cancer; Gut Microbiota; Intestinal Permeability; Probiotics; Prebiotics; Fecal Microbiota Transplantaion
In the last fifty years, industrialization and westernization of lifestyle have brought about an exponential increase in the incidence of many diseases, most notably cardiovascular, metabolic, and gastrointestinal disorders. Many recent studies have shown an association between gut microbiota dysbiosis and these noncommunicable diseases, and wide research efforts are currently dedicated to understanding the factors that contribute to maintaining a healthy microbiota and having a positive impact on global health.
Diet is one of the key modulators of gut microbiota composition. Noteworthy, Western diet is characterized by low intake of fruit, legumes, and vegetable fibers and high intake of red meat, dairy, eggs and refined grains, saturated fat, sugar, and salt may promote dysbiosis. In addition, there is increasing awareness that also food additives, which are commonly present in Western processed foods (dyes, colour stabilizers, flavorings, flavor enhancers, nonsugar sweeteners, processing aids such as carbonating, firming, bulking and anti-bulking, de-foaming, anticaking and glazing agents, emulsifiers), can exert deleterious effects in the gut. A deeper understanding of the impact of those food additives on gut homeostasis is much needed, in view of their possible involvement in the development of gastrointestinal and other non-communicable diseases.
To counterweigh the pitfalls of the Western diet, food supplements, including minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, are widely used, despite poor characterization of their interaction with microbiota, as well as food components and food additives. With the ultimate aim of developing safe and cost-effective nutritional interventions as preventive or adjuvant strategies for many conditions, it is imperative to assess the potential to modulate a healthy gut microbiota through diverse food supplements, additives, and pre- or pro-biotics.
Here, we invite experts to contribute to this Special Issue with original research or review articles that investigate the relationships between food additives/supplements and the gut microbiota, as well as their role in human health, which may suggest novel preventive and/or therapeutic nutritional approaches.
Prof. Dr. Federica I. Wolf
Dr. Valentina Petito
Dr. Valentina Trapani
Dr. Franco Scaldaferri
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Food additives
- Food supplements
- Gut–brain axis
- Gut microbiota
- Noncommunicable diseases
- Personalized medicine
- Uptake mechanisms