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Functional food, gut microflora and healthy ageing

Objective

Elderly people represent an increasing fraction of the European population. Their higher susceptibility to degenerative and infectious diseases lead to rising public health and social concerns. Appropriate preventive nutrition strategies cane applied to restore and maintain a balanced intestinal micro flora exerting protective functions against the above disorders. The present program is based on the application of selected biomarkers in hypothesis driven human studies. We will identify structural and functional specificities of the alderfly's intestinalmicroflora across Europe. Using this baseline information, we will investigate functional food based preventive nutrition strategies aiming to beneficially affect the functional balance of the alderfly's intestinal micro flora. Expected outcome include nutritional recommendations as well as new concepts and prototype functional food specifically adapted for health benefits to the elderly population.

Coordinator

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
Address
Domaine De Vilvert, Bètiment 440
78352 Jouy-en-josas
France

Participants (5)

GERMAN INSTITUTE OF HUMAN NUTRITION
Germany
Address
Arthur-scheunert-allee 114-116
14558 Bergholz-rehbruecke
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTE
Sweden
Address
4 A,doktorsringen 4 A
171 77 Stockholm
RAFFINERIE TIRLEMONTOISE S.A.
Belgium
Address
Aandorenstraat 1
3300 Tienen
UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
Address
Early Gate 4, Whiteknights
RG6 6AP Reading
UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
United Kingdom
Address
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA Coleraine