Parkinson’s disease limits short chain fatty acids production

In a study published in the journal Nature, researchers investigated different fiber supplements’ effects on short-chain fatty acid production, along with potential underlying mechanisms, in Parkinson’s patients and age-matched healthy controls.

The researchers observed that after fiber fermentation with fiber supplements, inulin-rich vegetables and fungal β-glucans, stimulated butyrate production but this production of butyrate was approximately half for Parkinson’s patients than for controls.