Podcast Episode 124: Probiotics, Gut Health & Infants – Dr. Anthony Thomas

Jul 22, 2019

Supporting Infant Health and Development

Tune in as we discuss the role of human milk and the key microbial colonizer of the infant gut in shaping the gut microbiota in support of growth, development, and protection of the infant during this critical period that lays the foundation for health throughout life.

Dr. Anthony Thomas and Family with his infant son

Anthony with his wife and son

The most appropriate probiotic organism to support infant health and development is Bifidobacterium longum subspecies infantis (B. infantis) and supplementation using a clinically validated strain of B. infantis offers a safeguard to ensure your baby is exposed to this key colonizer of the infant gut since modern medical practices and increased use of infant formula has led to a generational decline of this organism within the infant gut microbiota.

There’s likely more misinformation than accurate information about probiotics online. Sometimes probiotics are confused and conflated with live active cultures in various fermented foods and our understanding of gut microbiota.”

Anthony Thomas, PhD

Anthony Thomas, Ph.D. of Jarrow FormulasDr. Anthony Thomas received his Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition, Food Science, and Dietetics from California State University Northridge and his Doctorate in Nutritional Biology from the University of California at Davis. He is the Director of Scientific Affairs for an international dietary supplement company, Jarrow Formulas.

The vast majority of products currently in the marketplace labeled as containing probiotics actually don’t meet the requisite criteria to be considered probiotics as we understand them from a scientific standpoint.”


B. Infantis, pre- and pro-biotic booklet from Anthony P. Thomas, PhD

B. Infantis pre-and pro-biotic booklet from Anthony P. Thomas, PhD

U.S. Guide to Probiotics: Website | App on Apple | App on Google Play

Jarrow Formulas Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Anthony on Liz’s Healthy Table Podcast – Probiotic Supplements, Part 1 & Part 2 – Episodes 48 and 49

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