Harmony in Health: Unveiling the Synergies Between Medicinal and Food Homologous Plants and the Gut Microbiome - Phytomedicine
Medicinal and food homologous (MFH) plants serve as valuable sources of natural products with diverse biological properties. Situated at the critical intersection of food and medicine, MFH plants are abundant in nutrients that contribute to maintaining good health and even preventing or treating diseases. Rather than consuming these plants in their raw form, the future of MFH plants research lies in precisely isolating their bioactive factors and utilizing them in a rational and value-added manner, thereby transforming them into widely accepted therapeutic drugs.
Research findings have consistently demonstrated the significance of gut microbiome, which is often referred to as the "forgotten organ," due to its various roles in human physiology. Mounting evidence suggests that an imbalance in the gut microbiome and its related metabolites is associated with the development of numerous diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), fatty liver, obesity, diabetes, neurological disorders, and cardiovascular diseases, among others. The profound impact of gut microbiome on human health has gained recognition, sparking increasing interest in exploring the intricate relationship between MFH plants and gut microbiome, gastrointestinal metabolites, and how it influences human health and disease processes.
The objective of this Research Topic is to invite original research articles and review articles that focus on the interaction between MFH plants and gut microbiome in regulating host pathophysiology. Plant extracts require comprehensive chemoprofiling, emphasizing a robust investigation into the molecular mechanisms affecting the gut microbiome and disease conditions. We welcome both animal and clinical studies in this area. Additionally, we also encourage reviews that discuss the recent advancements in understanding the relationship among MFH plants, gut microbiome, gastrointestinal metabolites, and human health, with the aim of stimulating further research in this field.
gastrointestinal metabolites, and human health, with the aim of stimulating further research in this field.
Dr. Simin FengZhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, Chinafengsimin@zjut.edu.cn
Assoc. Professor Shuai ChenSchool of Public Health, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430071, ChinaDr. Xin ZhangNingbo University, Ningbo, China
Dr. Tarun BelwalTexas A&M University, College station, Texas, USA
Professor Nenad NaumovskiDiscipline of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra, Canberra, ACT, Australia