5. Feb, 2017

Phytochemicals and the gut microbiome

Did you know that up to 95% of protective/preventive plant chemicals (known collectively as phytochemicals) reach the large intestine and are liberated or transformed into other beneficial compounds by the gut microbiota?!




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