Multi-strain probiotics: better gastrointestinal health in elderly

Project period: 2013 – 2017

Probiotics have the potential to improve the health and well-being of elderly people through the increased diversity of the gut microbiota.

Two gaps are addressed by the current project: i) the lack of firm documentation of the likely mechanisms in the effective probiotic treatment of microbiota-associated conditions and ii) the poor knowledge for how probiotics affect elderly people.

The project will provide novel information regarding the effect of probiotic intake on the diversity and metabolic profile of the gut microbiota in elderly people, as well as the effect of faecal metabolites from elderly people who consume probiotics on mitochondrial activity.






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Project: Improving gastrointestinal health in elderly using multi-strain probiotics
Period:  September 2013 - September 2017
Grant donor: The Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation (now Innovation Fund Denmark)
FOOD grant: DKK 514,500
Total budget: DKK 3,087,000
Total grant: DKK 1,543,600


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Microbiology and Fermentation