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Biofactors. 2017 Jul 8;43(4):507-516. doi: 10.1002/biof.1365. Epub 2017 May 15.

Contribution of anthocyanin-rich foods in obesity control through gut microbiota interactions.

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Department of Biosciences, Federal University of São Paulo - UNIFESP, Santos, São Paulo, Brazil.


Obesity is characterized by low-grade inflammation and a number of metabolic disorders. Distal gut microbes' content (microbiota) is not yet fully understood but evidence shows that it is influenced by internal and external factors that modulate its composition and function. The evidence that gut microbiota composition can differ between healthy and obese individuals, as well as for those who maintain specific dietary habits, has led to the study of this environmental factor as a key link between the pathophysiology of obesity and gut microbiota. Data obtained about the role of anthocyanins (ACNs) in microbiota may lead to different strategies to manipulate bacterial populations and promote health. Anthocyanins have been identified as modulators of gut microbiota that contribute to obesity control and these bioactive compounds should be considered to have a prebiotic action. This review addresses the relevance of knowledge about the influence of anthocyanins-rich food consumption on microbiota, and their health-promoting potential in the pathophysiology of obesity.


anthocyanins; diet; microbiota; nutrition; obesity

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