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18. August 2020 online

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Flavonoids and their conversion by intestinal bacteria

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Plant food not only provides energy, vitamins, fibre and minerals, but also a multitude of other complex plant ingredients. Among these are the more than 5,000 flavonoids, to which anti-inflammatory, blood pressure-lowering, immunostimulating and antioxidative effects are attributed. The flavonoids absorbed through onions, nuts, green tea, apples, berries and citrus fruits are also converted by bacteria in our intestines. Tobias Goris at the German Institute of Nutrition Research Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE) is researching how this conversion takes place and which types of bacteria are involved. In the future, the findings should contribute to a better understanding of the health-promoting effect of flavonoids.