Table 2

Faecal neutral sterols and bile acids (mg/g dry matter) in elderly healthy volunteers during the basal (2 wks), scFOS (4 wks) and follow-up (4 wks) periods (n = 12, mean ± SEM)

Neutral sterols

Basal period

scFOS period

Follow-up period


Coprostanol

9.00 ± 1.40

8.29 ± 2.09

7.99 ± 1.62

Cholestanol

0.29 ± 0.11

0,13 ± 0.05

0.23 ± 0.17

Cholesterol

2.81 ± 0.94a

8.18 ± 2.37b

2.87 ± 0.44a

Ketones

0.27 ± 0.05

0.16 ± 0.08

0.21 ± 0.06

Total

12.38 ± 1.15

16.75 ± 1.94

11.30 ± 1.57


Bile acids

Basal period

scFOS period

Follow-up period


Lithocholic

2.00 ± 0.43

1.29 ± 0.29

1.26 ± 0.17

Deoxycholic

1.80 ± 0.35

2.58 ± 0.50

2.61 ± 0.63

Cholic

0.46 ± 0.21

0.58 ± 0.19

0.87 ± 0.24

Chenodeoxycholic

0.24 ± 0.05

0.20 ± 0.04

0.30 ± 0.07

Ketones

1.26 ± 0.30

1.52 ± 068

1.33 ± 0.19

Total

5.77 ± 0.66

6.17 ± 1.25

6.37 ± 1.02


a ≠ b : P < 0.05

Bouhnik et al. Nutrition Journal 2007 6:42   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-6-42

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