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Butyrate! Is it really a key player in maintaining Gut Health?

Best Functional Medicine Doctor in India: Dr. Priti Nanda Sibal

Butyrate is a short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) that plays a crucial role in maintaining our gut health.

Butyrate is produced through the fermentation of dietary fiber by the microbes residing in our gut. Specifically, butyrate is synthesized by gram-positive anaerobic bacteria, including Faecalibacterium, Prausnitzii and Roseburia.

Sounds complex right? As you read this is get easy!

For your better understanding let’s look upon the remarkable benefits of Butyrate one by one:

Anti-tumor Properties: Butyrate has been associated with anti-tumor effects, potentially aiding in the prevention of certain cancers.

Anti-inflammatory: It helps combat inflammation, a common culprit behind various chronic diseases.

Intestinal Barrier Function: Butyrate contributes to repairing and enhancing the barrier function of intestinal cells, reducing the risk of leaky gut syndrome.

Antimicrobial Peptides: It stimulates the production of antimicrobial peptides, fortifying our defense against harmful pathogens.

Supports Intestinal Immune Cells: Butyrate plays a vital role in supporting intestinal immune cells, bolstering our immune system's function.

Cell Growth and DNA Synthesis: It stimulates cell growth and DNA synthesis, promoting overall gut health.

Regulates Hunger and Satiety: Butyrate has an impact on regulating hunger and satiety, potentially aiding in weight management.

Improves Visceral Sensitivity and Intestinal Motility: It helps improve visceral sensitivity and intestinal motility, reducing symptoms of digestive disorders.

Lowers Cholesterol: Butyrate can lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting intestinal cholesterol synthesis.

Improves Insulin Resistance: It has been associated with improved insulin resistance, potentially benefiting individuals with metabolic issues.

Wow! Enough reasons to include Butyrate in your next meal.

How to Nurture Butyrate Production through Diet:

Butyrate isn't readily available in foods; rather, it's synthesized in your gut when you consume fermentable fibers and resistant starches. To promote the production of butyrate, it's essential to feed your butyrate-producing bacteria the right nutrients.

Foods Rich in Fermentable Fiber and Resistant Starch Include by Dr. Priti







7.Jerusalem artichoke


9.Chicory root

10.Dandelion greens






16.(Citrus) Fruits



All types of fiber from plant-based sources contribute to a healthy microbiome. Aim for dietary diversity by incorporating a variety of plant foods into your weekly meals. Have you noticed improvements in your health after including fiber-rich foods in your diet? Share your experiences with us!

For personalized guidance on gut health, schedule a free IBS-symptoms evaluation with Dr. Priti nanda and she will be happy to assist you on your journey to optimal well-being.


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