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.

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