1-2 capsules with food, unless otherwise suggested by your Healthcare Professional.
Is it supposed to smell?
Yes, and we do not use any additives or fillers to mask the scent. Butyrate is quite infamous for its scent because it is a molecule naturally produced by the body to feed colon cells. We create butyrate exactly as it’s formed in the colon – through the bacterial fermentation of resistant starch. In its organic state, butyric acid is surrounded by the body’s unwanted debris. So, naturally, it doesn’t smell good.
Is it similar to a probiotic?
No, Butyrate is not bacteria but a short chain fatty acid (SCFA) made in the lower colon by bacteria and taken up by the colonocytes, the cells that line the colon. It then becomes an important food for those cells. Lacking good bacteria in our colon, such as when we take antibiotics, can lead to an insufficient supply of butyrate.
Are there any side effects from taking Butyrate?
No, but you may be more “regular” – not exactly a bad thing!
Can I get Butyrate from my food?
It is unlikely that you get enough butyrate from your food sources to be physiologically beneficial, making butyrate supplementation a prudent habit. Butyrate can be found in resistant starch, which normally comes from the skins of legumes, or under ripe bananas – not foods that are commonly consumed.