Photographed by Emma Croman

How do you take back control of your gut?

Trying to eat well, exercise regularly, keep stress levels as low as I can, and of course taking Symprove!

Although Symprove Ltd was launched in 2002. Your history dates back to 1986 with Barry SMITH. Can you give us a brief history of the brand from the very routes in 1986 up until now?

Barry Smith (my father!) was a farmer in 1986 and unhappy with existing animal feed so he developed his own feed based on germinated grains.  After witnessing the impact of this on his animals, Barry was encouraged to take the technology to people. The seeds of Symprove were sown!  Cool fact – Symprove is still made on the farm where I grew up.

What is the difference between good and bad bacteria?

So, the gut has both good and bad bacteria.  Good bacteria are bacteria known to have a positive impact on health. An imbalance between good and bad bacteria may have a negative impact.

What is the science behind Symprove and how can it improve your health?

Several scientific studies have been carried out on Symprove and studies published so far include:

  • Effective delivery system – survival of the Symprove bacteria through the Gastrointestinal tract
  • Gut function and how this is impacted by the use of multistrain live bacteria products
  • Emerging research – The impact of Symprove on other components of the microflora and implications for the maintenance of human health

What is the Microbiome?

Your microbiome is a massive ecosystem made of up trillions of organisms such as bacteria, yeasts, fungi & viruses that live in your digestive tract. Collectively these weigh up to 2kg – that’s heavier than the average human brain!

Your microbiome lives in harmony with you. Take care of it, and it’ll take care of you.

Although scientists are only beginning to understand the role of the microbiome, it is believed to assist in:

  • The breakdown of complex carbohydrates
  • Producing vitamins and minerals
  • Producing short-chain fatty acids
  • Defending against pathogens
  • Training our immune system
  • Supporting detoxification

What feeds the gut microbiome?

Everything we eat feeds our gut microbiome. A varied diet with different food types is recommended as can lead to a more diverse microbiome which is considered to be a healthy one.

What factors influence an individual gut microbiome?

Good diet, sleep patterns, and exercise are thought to have a positive effect on the microbiome and leave us feeling happier and healthier. Other activities such as playing outside and exposure to animals and dirt help balance the good and bad bacteria within your microbiome. But, nobody’s perfect. Modern lifestyles mean we can’t always do everything we’re supposed to. Live bacteria supplements can help support the gut microbiome in the context of a healthy diet & lifestyle.

What has been one of your highlight moments for the brand in the past few years?

For me, it will always be hearing from our customers and the positive effect Symprove has on their lives.

Now, you have just been announced as one of the Bronze category sponsors for the prestigious 8th annual National Film Awards UK. This is an amazing achievement for your company. How excited are you to partner with the National Film Awards UK?

We are extremely excited to be at such an amazing event with such talented people.

Finally, as Bronze sponsors for the National Film Awards. It would be great to know your personal Top 5 Best Films of all time?

Shawshank Redemption

The Green Mile

Bridget Jones

Top Gun

Toy Story

Where can readers buy products from Symprove both nationally and globally?

Symprove can be bought online at