alttagmeguminachevxhOUnxVVb6sunsplashIf you read the articles on my site, you know I’m a BIG follower of Dr. Frank Lipman. Here’s a summary of another great article about the benefits of Butyrate. You can read the full article using the link below.


What the Heck is Butyrate?

Butyrate a short chain fatty acid (SCFA) that’s produced from gut bacteria that feast on fiber, that makes your good gut bacteria thrive.

SCFAs benefit your body in many ways. They help your body to absorb minerals and help maintain balance in your microbiome so the bad gut guys don’t take over.


Butyrate Has Many Benefits

Studies have found links between too little butyrate and increased risk for colon cancer, metabolic disease, and even cognitive decline. When it comes to protection, the more butyrate the better. It helps with things like:

  • maintaining the integrity of the gut wall
  • providing energy and fuel for you the cells in your colon
  • Suppressing inflammatory responses
  • Reinforcing the immune system’s defenses against pathogens 
  • Supporting mental health and moods


What Decreases Butyrate?

  • Leaky gut
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s.
  • Antibiotic use
  • Low fiber diet of processed foods
  • Sugar, which over-feeds the bad guys and starves the good


Improve Your Butyrate

You can take butyrate in supplement form, but you want to get as much as possible from food.

Prebiotic foods contain fiber that feed your good gut bacteria – the ones that produce good-for-you SCFAs. The more diversity in your diet, the more plentiful your bacteria will be. 


Foods That Help Butyrate Production

Here are some prebiotic plant-fiber foods to help your good gut bacteria thrive:

  • Almonds
  • Asparagus
  • Citrus fruits
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Endive
  • Garlic
  • Jerusalem artichokes or sunchokes
  • Jicama
  • Onions 
  • Yams

Though you get the benefits from eating fiber, you can add foods which contain butyrate. If you tolerate dairy, sources like milk, ghee, butter and hard cheeses can increase SCFAs too. Be sure to look for organic or farmers’ market products from healthy, pasture-raised animals.


Source: Make More Butyrate to Protect Gut and Brain Health Today! – Frank Lipman MD

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