Butyrate (byoo-tuh-reyt) in the gut leads to healthy flora. Notice the following, recent news article and research. Notice what is says about butyrate at the bottom:
“A gut bacterium as a fountain of youth? Well, let’s start with reversing insulin resistance…There’s a new health-promoting gut bacterium in town, and it’s called Akkermansia muciniphila. You will not find its benefits at the bottom of a yogurt cup. But a new study has identified more than one way to nurture its growth in the gut, and offered evidence that it may maintain - and even restore - health as we age…Published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine, the new research found that in mice and monkeys whose metabolisms had grown cranky with age, taking steps to boost A. muciniphila in the gut reduced the animals’ insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is the gradual impairment of the body’s ability to efficiently use food for fuel. It is best known as a way station on a patient’s path to developing type 2 diabetes. But insulin resistance is also linked to a rogue’s gallery of ills, from obesity and inflammation to the sagging immunity and frailty that comes with advancing age…Scientists suspect it helps preserve the coat of mucus that lines the walls of our intestines. It may also play a role in making the polyphenols we eat in plant-based foods more available to our cells…Evidence is mounting that A. muciniphila is involved in obesity, glucose metabolism and intestinal immunity. For instance, a 2018 study of cancer patients suggests that it plays a role in immune response…When the researchers gave aged mice butyrate, the result was higher A. muciniphila levels and levels of insulin resistance that approached those seen in the younger animals…”
(Orlando Sentinel, Nov. 15, 2018)
Butyrate is found in butter, cream and high fat milk:
Psalms 103:5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
Genesis 18:8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
Notice another study in regard to butyrate:
“…we will review evidence that butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) produced by bacterial fermentation of fiber in the colon, can improve brain health… The relationship between our gut microbiota and nervous system is a large part of the gut-brain axis that has attracted increasing interest in recent years… There is growing evidence that these microbes produce neurotransmitters, such as GABA and serotonin, modulate the immune system, alter epigenetic markers and produce bioactive food components and energy metabolites…”
(Neurosci Lett. 2016 Jun 20)
Isaiah 7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good...
So it not only guards against diabetes, inflammation, etc., but it is linked with brain health!
It is directly found in full-fat dairy. But it can be made in the gut from fiber, such as that which is found in whole grains, onions, garlic, leeks, green bananas, etc. When this fiber is fermented in the belly, it produces butyrate.
In animal studies, butyrate reduced "leaky gut," improved metabolism, etc. Notice some other amazing things that God has blessed mankind with by ordaining raw, chemical-free dairy, from rural cows, etc:
“Butyric acid (the acid form of butyrate) is also present in the milk of ruminant animals, such as cows. Butter contains 3–4% butyric acid, in the form of tributyrin (butyryl triglyceride), making it the richest dietary source of butyrate… Interestingly, the term butyrate originates from the Greek word for butter…High fiber diets have numerous reported health benefits in reducing risk of type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, obesity, stroke and cardiovascular disease, making it a widely recommended healthy diet. Many of the reported effects have been associated with the microbiome and its ability to produce SCFA, like butyrate… children on a high fiber diet demonstrate better cognitive control (e.g. multitasking, working memory and maintaining focus) than children who typically ate a lower fiber diet… Other studies have examined the effects of probiotics that would increase butyrate-producing bacteria. These studies showed that the probiotics reduced anxiety in rats and lowered psychological stress in human subjects… A similar study in subjects with chronic fatigue syndrome showed reduced anxiety, a common symptom of the disease, with the use of probiotics…The dietary sources of butyrate through a high fiber diet or a diet rich in natural sources of butyrate is a highly appealing approach… Butyrate can protect the brain and enhance plasticity in neurological disease models… A high fiber diet can elevate butyrate to prevent/treat brain disorders…”
(Neurosci Lett. 2016 Jun 20)
With whole grains, beware of possible gluten-intolerance. Eat only organic, chemical-free, bromate-free, freshly ground, whole-grain flours. And there appears to be much wisdom in the traditional methods of preparing these grains, such as soaking, sprouting and fermenting (sourdough) to increase digestion and avoid anti-nutrients. Also, acids such as vinegar, vitamin C foods, etc., increase digestion and absorption of grains.
Chemical-free, raw dairy not only has much-needed iodine - it has butyrate - which researchers are only beginning to understand. And it has so much more that affects our growth, fertility, brains, nervous system, immune system, and even emotional health!
It is a blessing to behold how "current" the Bible is (it always ahead of man's understanding).God is good and wise!