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Gut Health Gurus Podcast

Kriben Govender is a Food Scientist and Gut Health Advocate. He is the founder of Gut Health Superstore, Nourishme Organics. He had a seemingly happy life which came crashing down. He was bullied in the workplace, his marriage collapsed, he lost his job and found himself alone in an apartment ready to end his life. Kriben soldiered on, and discovered the impact of gut health on overall health. His purpose is to share the importance of gut health in addressing many different health issues. In this show, Kriben explores how you can improve your health and wellbeing by focusing on your gut.

Apr 13, 2023

In this episode of the "The Gut Health Gurus" podcast, host Kriben Govender interviews Professor Tom Brenna, a renowned expert in the field of nutrition. The conversation delves into the science behind gut health and its relationship to nutrition, with a particular focus on the benefits of consuming omega-3 fatty acids and branched fats. Prof. Brenna provides valuable insights into the complexities of gut health, including how gut microbes influence brain function, and how nutrition can improve gut health and overall wellbeing. He also highlights the benefits of consuming omega-3 fatty acids for cognitive function and the heart. Additionally, the discussion touches on the importance of seafood in a healthy diet and the role of supplementation when needed. Overall, the episode provides a fascinating and informative look at the connection between gut health and nutrition, and how individuals can take control of their health by making simple dietary changes.


Professor Tom Brenna is a renowned scientist and researcher in the field of nutritional sciences. With a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of Michigan, Professor Brenna has published over 120 research articles in scientific journals, many of which have been cited extensively. He has also received numerous grants and awards for his research, including the prestigious National Institutes of Health MERIT award. In addition to his academic pursuits, Professor Brenna is also the co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of VERNX, a company that develops and produces nutritional supplements for optimal health. His research on omega-3 fatty acids and their impact on brain and cardiovascular health has contributed greatly to the field of nutrition and has led to important insights into the role of diet in preventing chronic diseases.

Key Topics Discussed:

  • 00:00 - Start
  • 00:30 Introduction to the podcast and guest speaker, Professor Tom Brenna, a leading gastroenterologist
  • 02:12 Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • 05:50 Omega 3 : Types and Sources
  • 10:30 Omega 3 Shelf life and efficacy
  • 14:46 Omega 3 Dose Levels for Various Conditions
  • 18:00 Omega 3: Food Sources
  • 21:51 What are Branched Fats and how was it discovered?
  • 33:21 Possible Health Benefits of Branched Fats
  • 39:00 How do Branched Fats impact the Microbiome?
  • 44:44 What is Vernx Peribiotic?
  • 47:98 Vernx Peribiotic Spore based Probiotic
  • 50:00 Who is Vernx suitable for?
  • 51:30 What is the effective dose for Vernx?
  • 53:00 Does Vernx strains colonise the gut?
  • 54.23 Is Vernx suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians?
  • 55.00 What gut health issues could Vernx help with?
  • 58.00 Does Vernx exhibit an initial Herxeimer reaction
  • 59.28 Omega 3: Gut Health Benefits
  • 01.02.38 Tom's top Gut Health Tips

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