• Microbiome and Iron

Introduction

In human, iron deficiency is considered the most common form of malnutrition resulting in iron-deficiency anaemia (IDA) affecting 2.4 million adults and an estimated 2.3 million children in the UK alone.  IDA is treated by oral iron supplements however these often cause undesirable gastrointestinal side-effects.  This project will investigate how the composition and metabolic activity of our microbiota are influenced by iron and the impact that this has on health-related outcomes.  Different iron sources as well as dietary components that enhance or decrease iron availability will also be explored.