Diet, intestine and health

What do short chain fatty acids for our health?

Short Chain Fatty Acids

What are short chain fatty acids, how do they develop and in which form do they occur? Most of the short chain fatty acids representing about 95 % of the fatty acids in the human body are:

  • Acetic acid (acetate, 2 carbon atoms),
  • Propionic acid (propionate, 3 carbon atoms), and
  • Butyric acid (butyrate, 4 carbon atoms)

Immune system

Approx. 80 % of all immune cells in the body are in the intestine.

Intestinal health

Short chain fatty acids are an important ingredient to keep the intestine healthy.

Metabolism

SCFA have influence on various processes of metabolism.