Oops! You forgot all about that stick of butter that has sat on your kitchen counter for over a week. When you finally get around to opening the lid, there is that familiar unpleasant odor. You know the one: that characteristic foul smell that tells you when food has gone bad. That smell is also a reminder, however, that Butyric Acid (BTA) is present.
Although I definitely don’t recommend eating rancid butter, it is important to realize that Butyric Acid, in this case within butter, is a true healing substance that has the ability to stabilize many disease conditions, including possibly cancer.
What is Butyric Acid?
The word “butyric,” in fact, comes from the Greek word for butter, which makes sense since butyric acid makes up about 4 percent of the contents of butter. It is also found in other animal products, such as raw milk, ghee and some cheeses. Outside of the animal kingdom, butyric acid can be found in Jerusalem artichokes, raw jicama, and raw dandelion greens.
Butyric acid is a short-chain saturated fatty acid that is soluble in water. It sometimes goes by other names such as: butanoic acid, n-butyric acid, n-butonoic acid and proylformic acid. The substance “butyrate” is sometimes used interchangeably with BTA; this has a different yet very similar chemical structure.
Four Reasons Why Butyric Acid is Important for Cancer Healing and Prevention
#1 Gut Healing. The most significant healing property butyric acid possesses is its ability to heal the gut, especially the colon. This is because practically all of the short-chain fatty acids in your large intestine are made up of it. BTA is create through the fermentation of carbohydrates, especially those that are “prebiotics.” This makes butyric acid a real healer for conditions such as Crohn’s disease and IBS. Over a century ago, Nobel Prize-winning Russian scientist Ilya Metchnikoff made the connection between unhealthy gut flora and disease. Since then over a thousand studies have been conducted which have made the same connection, including the link between a weak digestive system and cancer.
#2 Insulin Stabilizing. The presence of BTA also been proven to be effective in stabilizing diabetes and insulin resistance as well as helping obese individuals shed pounds, again through BTA’s ability to rebalance gut flora. Animal studies have shown that rats given a high-fat diet and also supplementation in BTA were all able to preserve normal blood glucose levels and insulin tolerance while at the same time maintaining their original weight.
The connection between Type 2 diabetes and cancer is very clear. A recent study published in the official journal of the American Diabetes Association found that cytokines, which are responsible for the inflammatory response and also cancer tumor growth, were elevated in those with Type 2 diabetes.
#3 Super Anti-Inflammatory. The presence of BTA in the large intestine can severely reduce inflammatory responses in general and, according to some studies, may even help to boost the immune system. The inflammatory response is responsible for the onset of many disease conditions. As mentioned above, a high level of inflammatory cytokines is a common cancer marker, including for breast cancer.
#4 Directly Healing Cancer Tumors.
Studies have shown a direct healing connection between butyric acid and cancer healing. An in vitro 2011 study conducted by the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and the Simmons Cancer Institute found that treatment with butyrate led to the programmed cell death (apoptosis) of colon cancer cells. Although more research needs to be done, this study opens up the possibility that BTA may have a similar effect on other forms of cancer as well.
Taking Butyric Acid
Experts agree that getting BTA in as natural a way as possible is the most effective. One of the best way is through eating ghee. Ghee is butter where the milk solids and water are extracted. It can be considered a super food not only because it contains high levels of butyric acid but also because it is high in essential vitamins such as D and A as well as other gut-healing and health-balancing properties. I get my BTA by putting ghee in my morning hot cacao drink and occasional in my coffee. I froth it all up in a blender and it is delicious!
There is really no known side effects to upping your BTA consumption. Of course, be sure to consult with your holistic health practitioner before adding BTA to your diet, especially if you are on a healing journey with cancer.
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V, is the founder of the 7 Essentials System ™, a step-by-step guide that teaches you exactly how to prevent and heal Breast Cancer naturally. To get your FREE 7-Day Mini e-Course and to receive her weekly action steps and inspiring articles on the power of Natural Medicine, visit her at BreastCancerConqueror.com