Butyrate: 9 reasons why you need more of it in your life
WholeFiber is an unique prebiotic fiber source which feeds the ‘good bacteria’ in our gut. Gut bacteria produce butyrate, amongst other things. Butyrate is an important short-chain fatty acid that supports digestive health, helps control inflammation, and even aids in preventing disease. Atlas Biomed explains why you need more butyrate in your life.
“To make butyrate, your gut bacteria transform dietary fibers found in whole, plant foods. They are called “prebiotics”, because they nourish and encourage the health-promoting activities of beneficial bacteria in the gut microbiome.”
Here are 9 reasons why you need more butyrate:
1 Fuels your gut cells
Butyrate is the main energy source for colonocytes, the cells which make up your gut lining.
2 Harness antioxidant powers
Butyrate defends your cells from harmful substances to keep your gut healthy and disease-free.
3 Prevents gut inflammation
Butyrate possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer functions for your gut.
4 Take action against cancer
Butyrate keeps your gut environment stable and is part of the protective effect associated with dietary fiber against certain cancers.
5 Plug a leaky gut
Your gut lining needs butyrate to stay healthy and function properly. It’s as simple as that.
6 Combat obesity and diabetes
Butyrate could improve obesity and type 2 diabetes by increasing the production of certain gut hormones which improve blood sugar balance.
7 Protect your brain
As well as its roles in the gut, butyrate has significant potential to support brain health.
8 Boost butyrate with fiber
A high fiber diet can boost butyrate production because it encourages the butyrate-producing bacteria in your colon to thrive.
9 Social communication
It might sound mad but your microbial community could be influencing your social behaviour.