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Gut Flora, Nutrition, Immunity and Health

Gut Flora, Nutrition, Immunity and Health

Roy Fuller (Editor), Gabriela Peridigón (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-77459-5 February 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 288 Pages


Some foods, as well as contributing essential nutrients to the body, also contain additional components that improve disease resistance and general health status over and above that induced by ingestion of conventional foods. The so-called functional foods, and prebiotics and probiotics exemplify the relationship that exists between nutrition, the gut (the largest element of the body’s immune system) and its flora, immunology and health.

This important book contains chapters covering the basic principles of nutrition, gut microecology and immunology, as well as chapters which discuss the way in which this knowledge may be used to explain the positive and negative effects of food consumption, metabolism, probiotics and prebiotics. Food hypersensitivity and allergic reactions, carcinogenesis, and the role of nutrition in the reduced immunity of the aged are also discussed in detail.

The editors of this exciting and informative book, who between them have a vast wealth of knowledge of the area, have drawn together and carefully edited international contributions from many well known and respected workers in the area. Gut Flora, Nutrition, Immunity and Health provides essential information for a range of professionals including nutritionists, dietitians, food scientists, microbiologists, gastroenterologists, immunologists and all personnel working in the development and use of functional foods and supplements, prebiotics and probiotics. Libraries in universities and research establishments where these subjects are studied and taught, and pharmaceutical and food companies should have multiple copies of this very useful book on their shelves.

Roy Fuller is a consultant in gut microecology, based in Reading, UK; Gabriela Perdigón is based at the Centro de Referencia para Lactobacillus (CERELA) and at the Faculty of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Pharmacy of Tucuman University, Argentina.



1. The Intestinal Microflora (G.W. Tannock).

2. Food and the Large Intestine (S. MacFarlane and G.T. Macfarlane).

3. The Health Benefits of Probiotics and Prebiotics (G.R. Gibson, R.A. Rastall and R. Fuller).

4. Intestinal Microflora and Metabolic Activity (A. Perez Chaia and G. Oliver).

5. The Role of the Immune System (C.M. Riera, M. Maccioni and C.E. Sotomayor).

6. Behaviour of the Immune System in Eating Disorders.

7. Mucosal Immune System and Malnutrition (M.E. Roux, N.H. Slobodianik, P. Gauffin Cano and G. Perdigon).

8. Immune Activation versus Hyporesponsiveness and Tolerance in the Gut (J. Chin and A. Mullbacher).

9. Food Hypersensitivity and Allergic Diseases (R.K. Chandra).

10. Nutritional and Microbial Modulation of Carcinogenesis (R. Hughes and I. Rowland).

11. The Role of Nutrition in Immunity of the Aged (S. Walrand, M.-P. Vasson and B. Lesourd).

12. Conclusions (G. Perdigon and R. Fuller).


* subject of growing commercial and medical interest
* many internationally-known contributors and editors
* wide range of end users