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Nutrients for the Microbiota

Floch, Martin H. MD

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: March 2016 - Volume 50 - Issue 3 - p 189
doi: 10.1097/MCG.0000000000000481
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Section of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

The author declares that there is nothing to disclose.

Reprints: Martin H. Floch, MD, Section of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street, 1080 LMP, New Haven, CT 06510 (e-mail: martin.floch@yale.edu).

This editorial wishes to emphasize the importance of the paper in this issue by Richardo Fernades and colleagues entitled “Effects of prebiotic and symbiotic supplementation on inflammatory markers and anthropometric indices after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: a randomized, triple blind, placebo-controlled pilot study.”1 This paper focuses on the effect that the nutrients which feed the microbiota are potentially of major importance. It is written in extremely good details in both the data collection and the discussion sections. The nutrition staff is to be complimented for this work, which was done on gastric Roux-en-Y bypass patients, however, the implications and conclusions are applicable to the effect of the microbiota in all subjects. The randomized, triple-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study is on gastric bypass patients, but yet it demonstrates the effect of nutrients on the microbiota and the subsequent effects on the subjects which, in this case, are obese subjects. However, the conclusion may begin to be extrapolated to other subjects. That is the importance of the paper. The microbiota is fed by probiotics and other nutrients. There is all too little information available on the effect of the nutrients on the microbiota, so this paper is important because it focuses on that subject. Perhaps other investigators will begin to focus on studies that will measure the effect of different nutrients, such as probiotics, dietary fiber, and all microbiota nutrients. The laboratories1 of Dr Erasmo Benicio Santos de Moraes Trindade in Brazil at the Federal University of Santa Catarina and the authors are to be complimented for the detailed work, and the results are important.

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1. Fernandes R, Beserra BTS, Mocellin MC, et al.. Effects of prebiotic and symbiotic supplementation on inflammatory markers and anthropometric indices after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: a randomized, triple blind, placebo-controlled pilot study. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2016;50:208–217.
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