Role of the gut microbiota in human nutrition and metabolism.

  title={Role of the gut microbiota in human nutrition and metabolism.},
  author={Balakrishnan S Ramakrishna},
  journal={Journal of gastroenterology and hepatology},
  volume={28 Suppl 4},
The human gastrointestinal tract harbors trillions of bacteria, most of which are commensal and have adapted over time to the milieu of the human colon. Their many metabolic interactions with each other, and with the human host, influence human nutrition and metabolism in diverse ways. Our understanding of these influences has come through breakthroughs in the molecular profiling of the phylogeny and the metabolic capacities of the microbiota. The gut microbiota produce a variety of nutrients… CONTINUE READING
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