Butyric Acid (aka butyrate) is a short-chain fatty acid that’s found in a variety of foods. Ghee, raw milk, butter, parmesan cheese, Jerusalem artichokes, and unripe bananas are just some of the foods that contain butyric acid.
Butyrate has a characteristic smell that is not very pleasant. For some, the scent is reminiscent of vomit. I realize that doesn’t sound very good, but butyric acid is excellent for the gut.
Butyrate is a powerful healer for the digestive system. The digestive system produces butyric acid by fermenting different types of carbohydrates. In turn, the butyrate feeds the cells lining the intestine, leaving them nice and plump. By increasing the size of the cells, butyrate stops leaky gut syndrome. Preventing leaky gut syndrome has many benefits, including improving bowel function. Butyrate also stimulates the production of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
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You can get butyric acid as a supplement. It’s called butanoic acid (BTA) in its supplement form. BTA is very good for inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. I would easily recommend up to 600 mg a day of BTA.
Another option is to cook with ghee regularly. I have been cooking with ghee for about 30 years. I recommend starting to use ghee in your kitchen if you have problems with irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease. Switching from olive oil or coconut oil to ghee can make a big difference in bloating, flatulence, cramping, and other digestive problems.