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Academic Book Chapters

Academic books are specialised publications that tend to deal with focussed parts of a particular scientific area. In my experience, they tend be structured as collections of review papers rather than textbooks and represent a grand snapshot of the scientific record at the time of publication. The don't tend to be high circulation but do get read by peers and so have some value as an author. Publishing a book is also pretty good for the CV and stamps your name as a thought leader in your particular topic. They are often published to coincide with events such as conferences. I have previously been invited to write two chapters in such books.  

In much the same way as peer reviewed journal publications, I can help you develop your book chapter. Just get in contact if you would like to use my services.

Academic Book Chapters

The metabolism of dietary polyphenols by the human gut microbiota

This review looks at how polyphenols from foods such as fruits and vegetables reach the colon and are metabolised by the human gut microbiota.  It appeared as a chapter in 'Gastrointestinal Microbiology'.

Here is the summary:

Polyphenols are considered to be key active constituents of fruits and vegetables and responsible for many of the health protective effects of diets rich in these foods. While their structure varies considerably, following ingestion, most (w95%) persist to the colon where they encounter the human gut microflora. Here they may undergo considerable structural alteration to compounds that may have enhanced biological properties or possibly degraded into inert metabolites and excreted. As such, the human gut microflora may have a significant influence on the final outcomes of polyphenol ingestion. Moreover, inter- individual variation in the composition of the microflora means that certain compounds are metabolized in different ways, and this is reflected in the considerable variability seen in excreted polyphenol metabolites. Consequently, polyphenols as active ingredients in functional foods may turn out to be beneficial for only a certain proportion of the population. Clearly, this may further have an impact on disease risk and health protection. This chapter considers the potential role of the human gut microflora in polyphenol metabolism and highlights the level of current understanding of this process.

To access the full text you will need to order the book (for now).  It is available on Amazon and via here on Google Books

Here is the full reference:

Bingham M.  The metabolism of dietary polyphenols by the human gut microbiota.  In: Ouwehand AC and Vaughan EE Gastrointestinal Microbiology Informa, Taylor & Francis Group, New York 2006 pp155-168

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