Gut-level benefits of butyrate in poultry

Gut-level benefits of butyrate in poultry

Optimizing butyrate production by endogenous bacteria in the poultry gut offers multiple health benefits.

*Dr. Victor Nsereko is principal microbiologist at Diamond V. Dr. Stuart Reeves is research and development director at Embria Health Sciences.

SHORT-chain or volatile fatty acids function as a major energy source for cells in the lower gut of animals, including poultry.

For colonic epithelial cells (colonocytes), butyric acid in the form of butyrate is the most important energy source. Butyrate also aids gut homeosta

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