Breath and the Microbiome 101
Published on: 11 Aug 2023, under Science & Research
Breath analysis has enormous potential to power microbiome research. For example, the microbiota in the gut produces volatile compounds such as short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that have an important role in health and disease. The SCFAs, and other important volatile metabolites are readily detected and able to be quantified in the breath. This lays the foundation for many potential research studies utilizing breath analysis of volatile metabolites to study the microbiome in many different contexts, in response to dietary changes, drug treatments, or in different disease contexts.
To outline how breath analysis can identify the role of the gut microbiome in health and in disease, we have put together our “Breath Analysis and The Microbiome 101” document, which summarizes why breath is an advantageous sampling medium, what compounds can be analyzed in breath, what data we have, and how Owlstone Medical can help you to incorporate breath analysis into your research.