Short-chain fatty acids in health and disease

Short-chain fatty acids in health and disease

One of the core functions of the human gut microbiota is to ferment dietary fibres present in our diet into Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFAs). SCFAs serve a number of critical functions to the host: they act as an energy source for colon cells, regulate glucose homeostasis, and exert anti-inflammatory pressure on the host’s immune system. In this talk, we will discuss the role of SCFAs in maintaining human health and preventing disease, and how they are poised to play an important role in 21st century precision medicine.