The Benefits Of Butyrate Acid
Butyric acid, or butyrate, is a short-chain fatty acid found in dairy products and fermented foods like yogurt. Studies have shown that it plays a significant role in helping to regulate intestinal motility and control inflammation.
Your body produces less butyrate than other short-chain fatty acids, but it has many health benefits. Butyrate is a necessary part of your microbiome and can make up for the fact that you produce so little compared to others with its ability to plug leaky guts or stabilize blood sugar levels.
So what are those other benefits? Let's take a look.
Protects the Gut
Butyrate acid is the fuel that colon cells rely on to do their job. The gut lining relies on butyrate to operate. Without sufficient butyrate in your diet, these cells can't function properly. This could lead to health problems like constipation and diarrhea.
Prevents Colon Cancer
Evidence suggests that eating high-fiber foods can reduce the risk of colon cancer by increasing butyrate acid production in your gut. Butyrate is a short-chain fatty acid that is capable of blocking colorectal tumor cell growth. This triggers apoptosis (cell death) and reduces the size and number of tumors already formed.
Helps Manage Diabetes
Butyrate can also help with diabetes. In animal studies, oral supplementation given to young mice early in life shows a trend towards delaying the development of diabetes. Butyrate has also been shown to improve gut barrier function and correct microbial dysbiosis when supplemented by diet-induced fatty liver disease.
Regulates The Brain
In the same study mentioned above, mice given sodium butyrate saw reduced stress and improved brain function after a traumatic injury. Scientists are also exploring the possibility of using butyrate as medicine for diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer’s stroke, and autism - all linked with brain dysfunction.
Foods High In Butyrate Acid
Foods high in fiber promote the production of butyrate, as they're able to travel through your intestinal tract without being digested too quickly by enzymes or absorbed into cells for energy like other food types.
- Butter - this is the best source of Butyrate Acid
- Whole Grains
- Fruits and vegetables
- Full-Fat Dairy
- Butyrate Supplement such as our Resistant Starch Prebiotic Fiber
Remember that your body may require a different amount of Butyrate than others. It’s important to add it to your diet slowly and monitor how your body reacts!