The 411 on Probiotics

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Probiotics can be confusing. Do they actually work?
Air Date: 3/13/18
Duration: 24:19
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN & Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Kiran Krishnan, Chief Science Officer at Microbiome Labs
Kiran-KrishnanMicrobiologist Kiran Krishnan is the Chief Scientific Officer at Just Thrive Probiotic and at Microbiome Labs. He is a frequent lecturer on the human microbiome at medical and nutrition conferences.

Kiran has a deep understanding of microbial science and has spent the last eight years studying spore-forming bacillus strains. He is currently involved in nine novel human clinical trials on probiotics, gut health, and the human microbiome.

Kiran has been involved in the dietary supplement and nutrition market for the past 15 years. He comes from a strict research background having spent several years with hands-on R&D in the fields of molecular medicine and microbiology at the University of Iowa. He left University research to take a position as the U.S. Business Development and Sales Manager for Amano Enzyme, USA. Amano is one of the world’s largest suppliers of therapeutic enzymes used in the dietary supplement and pharmaceutical industries in North America. At Amano, Kiran conceptualized and successfully launched several dietary supplement ingredients in the North and South American markets.

In addition to his experience at Amano, Kiran has designed and conducted over 10 clinical trials as a partner in a Contract Research Organization called Live Smart, Inc. Over the past 10 years Kiran has focused his knowledge and experience to developing unique and effective nutritional products for other well-known brands in the dietary supplement market.
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The 411 on Probiotics
Probiotics can be confusing. Do they actually work?

According to Kiran Krishnan, Chief Scientific Officer at Just Thrive Probiotic and Microbiome Labs, most consumer probiotics aren't doing what you think they should be doing, which leads to "doubters" of their effectiveness -- even if they've been established in the market for 15-20 years.

Science has improved since those "established" products took to market. 

Krishnan explains that for a probiotic to be truly effective, it must be able to survive the gastric system. Otherwise you're just moving "dead" bacteria through your system. 

Bacillus Indicus HU36® is one of the ingredients in Just Thrive's probiotic and has been designed to survive digestive acids. It is currently one of the subjects of a number of clinical trials Krishnan is involved with, including trials on obesity, diabetes, gingivitis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Krishnan also discusses leaky gut, which is a major driver of chronic illness. Essentially, toxins from your intestinal colonies leak through your gut lining into your bloodstream, resulting in chronic, long-term inflammation. 

Listen as Krishnan joins host Lisa Davis to provide the 411 on probiotics.