One of the most important aspects to address within pet nutrition is digestive health, as it is essential for a long and healthy life. The digestive system is crucial to maintain a strong immune system for both cats and dogs. A dog’s digestive system is responsible not only for breaking down food, absorbing the nutrients … Read more
We work on new therapeutic and nutricional approaches based on Short-Chain Fatty Acids (SCFAs). They are vital to the balance of the microbiota and the development and health of the intestinal epithelium. SCFAs are produced when dietary fiber is fermented by the anaerobic intestinal microbiota. Main SCFAs are: Butyrate, Acetate and Propionate. Figure 1. Production of Butyric acid & … Read more
The Multiple Health Benefits of Tributyrin, a Triglyceride Form of Butyrate. (Link to the article) BioFoundations – A Natural Approach to Human Health. ‘The mission of BioFoundations is to provide information on human health for educational purposes to the public. The focus of BioFoundations is on scientific and evidence-based research on the natural and solution-oriented approaches to … Read more
The human intestine houses trillions of commensal bacteria (gut microbiota) dominated by nearly 800 different species. “Healthy” gut microbiota supports epithelial cell health, nutrient metabolism and breakdown, and indirect mucosal defense against pathogenic bacteria. Gut microbiota ferment non-digestible polysaccharides to yield short-chain fatty acids (SCFA), acetate, propionate, and butyrate. Butyrate is the most dynamic SCFA … Read more
Butyrate is the main source of energy for colonocytes. Many intestinal diseases are characterised by reduced concentrations of butyrate in the colon.
In the last decade we have witnessed an exponential increase in the therapeutic use of probiotics and prebiotics for both acute and chronic gastrointestinal pathologies. The use of postbiotics such as butyrate is a new tool in gastroenterology and nutrition. Postbiotics represent the probiotic evolution: Safer; No harmful bacterial components.Host reproducibility: no need of bacterial growth … Read more