Andreu Prados

About Andreu Prados

Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

The MoBioFood (Molecular Bioactivity of Foods) Research Group from the Biochemistry and Biotechnology Department at the Rovira i Virgili University in Tarragona (Spain) focuses on the interaction of flavonoids with the enteroendocrine system, and the role of these compounds in maintaining intestinal barrier integrity and/or inducing anti-inflammatory effects in the gastrointestinal tract.

A recent study led by Dr. Alex Mira (FISABIO, Spain) and Dr. Maria C. Jenmalm (Linköping University, Sweden) and researchers at IATA-CSIC (Spain) has presented an analysis of a total of 192 faecal samples from 28 healthy children and 20 children developing allergic symptoms at age seven, from when the children were 1 and 12 months of age. It has found that children who develop asthma or allergies later in life have altered immune responses to intestinal bacteria in the gut mucosal environment at an early age.

A recent study, led by Rob Knight from the Department of Paediatrics at the University of California San Diego in California (USA), has found that migraine sufferers have higher levels of oral bacteria involved in processing nitrates, which could make them more sensitive to certain foods that may act as migraine triggers.