Intestinal flora and endogenous vitamin synthesis

  • Hill M
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Abstract

It is well established that the rumen microbial flora are a rich source of vitamins to the ruminant, and that the faecal bacterial flora are a major vitamin source for coprophagic rodents. There is also good evidence that the gut bacterial flora are a significant source of a range of vitamins to the human. In this paper evidence is presented that gut bacteria are a significant source of a range of vitamins, particularly those of the B group and vitamin K.

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  • Bacteria
  • human colon
  • vitamin B
  • vitamin K
  • vitamin source

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  • M. J. Hill

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