The Role of Butyric Acid for Swine and Poultry
Butyric acid is one of the short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) most efficiently used by the epithelial cells of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Butyric acid promotes the growth of tissues lining the GI tract and development of the intestinal epithelium in monogastric animals.1,2 With the industry shift to reduce antibiotic use, encapsulated butyric acid has become a first-choice antibiotic alternative for broiler, layer, turkey and swine producers. Delivery of butyric acid to the small intestine can improve the tight junctions, strengthening the intestinal barrier with upregulation of tight junction proteins. By strengthening the barrier and aiding in barrier recovery, encapsulated butyric acid can reduce the negative impact of environmental and pathogenic challenges.
Benefits of Butyric Acid
- Antibiotic alternative for broilers and swine
- Cellular signaling to enterocytes1
- Improves tight junctions in the intestines2
- Increases antioxidant levels to promote healing in the GI tract2
- Improves intestinal development3
- Modulates immune response4
- Reduces inflammation4
MicroPEARLS® Technology – Delivering Encapsulated Butyric Acid for Optimum Utilization
A fat matrix encapsulates the butyric acid ensuring the MicroPEARL is not digested; it is the delivery system for the active material. Particles of butyric acid salt are embedded in the MicroPEARLS matrix during the manufacturing process. Particles are released in the presence of an aqueous environment, leaving holes to new, unexposed particles.
Liquid enters the MicroPEARL through exterior holes, where it then comes into contact with the other particles of butyric acid. These particles are then released, leaving new holes as liquid contacts them. In the end, the MicroPEARLS look like empty shells. The released material disassociates into butyric acid and calcium. The butyric acid can then be utilized to support efficiency, performance and growth all along the intestinal tract of pigs, broilers, layers and turkeys.