Gut microbiota, the pharmabiotics they produce and host health

@article{Patterson2014GutMT,
  title={Gut microbiota, the pharmabiotics they produce and host health},
  author={Elaine Patterson and John F. Cryan and Gerald F. Fitzgerald and Reynolds Paul Ross and Timothy G. Dinan and Catherine Stanton},
  journal={Proceedings of the Nutrition Society},
  year={2014},
  volume={73},
  pages={477 - 489}
}
A healthy gut microbiota plays many crucial functions in the host, being involved in the correct development and functioning of the immune system, assisting in the digestion of certain foods and in the production of health-beneficial bioactive metabolites or ‘pharmabiotics’. These include bioactive lipids (including SCFA and conjugated linoleic acid) antimicrobials and exopolysaccharides in addition to nutrients, including vitamins B and K. Alterations in the composition of the gut microbiota… 
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