Short-chain fatty acids
What is it all about?
Short-chain fatty acids are formed in the intestine when bacteria metabolise fibres and complex carbohydrates. The fatty acids acetate, propionate and butyrate are particularly important: they are the main source of energy for the intestinal epithelium, stimulate mucus formation, have an anti-inflammatory effect and prevent weight gain.
A good balance of short-chain fatty acids is therefore essential for intestinal health. The profile of short-chain fatty acids allows targeted nutritional measures to be taken, as well as combinations with specific probiotics.