QWhat is butyric acid / butyrate?

Butyrate or Butyric acid is a short chain fatty acid (not medium chain) found naturally in dairy fat. In fact, butter is one of the richest butyric acid food sources with a naturally inherent supply of 3-4% of its fat content as butyric acid. One tablespoon of butter typically delivers 14 grams of fat; of which 560 mg is butyric acid. It’s easily possible for an individual to consume well in excess of 1000 mg of butyrate in a day from natural sources. However, to do so has an excessive exogenous fat, including an exogenous cholesterol consequence. Butyric Acid in this complex turns the typical Ketone body (BHB) into a potential weight loss strategy.

Dairy milk also contains a β-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) level ranging from 10-631 μM, making dairy products a natural source of β-hydroxybutyrate as well. The United States FDA classifies various forms of β-hydroxybutyrate as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS).

Adding short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) like butyrate/butyric acid (BA) with the ketone body, like β-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), synergizes the exogenous ketone. BA serves as a β-oxidation trigger. BA supports the effects of the exogenous ketone by contributing to serum levels from endogenous sources and does so without gastrointestinal (GI) distress.

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