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University of Lincoln alumnus, Luke Smith, to tackle SIBO in humans with natural supplement, inspired by research which cut cow burps by 95%





Research that helped to cut the amount of burping in cows could be used to help tackle stomach conditions in humans.

Luke Smith, a University of Lincoln Alumnus, is attempting to develop a supplement that will provide relief to those suffering from Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO).

An estimated 10.8 million people in the UK suffer from SIBO — which is a condition resulting from excessive bacteria in the small intestine causing bloating, abdominal distension, abdominal pain or discomfort, diarrhea, fatigue, and weakness.

Luke feels he can offer hope to those living with SIBO
Luke feels he can offer hope to those living with SIBO

The law graduate has partnered with a private clinic to develop a natural supplement that takes aim at the root cause of SIBO — and it all came about after he developed a way to reduce methane production in cows, which according to NASA, is caused by burping.

Luke’s previous business, Seaweed Culture, created a new way of using a variety of seaweed which, when introduced into the diet of cattle, cut their methane production by up to 95%.

His work was then supported by the University’s Student Enterprise Services and drew attention from across the UK and internationally, being recognised with a number of accolades across the globe.

Research into burping cows could help humans. Photo: stock
Research into burping cows could help humans. Photo: stock

Now Luke wants to use a similar approach to tackle stomach issues in humans — and has developed a new business called Bloe Health.

With initial clinical trials showing promising results, he feels he can offer hope to all those living with the condition.

“SIBO is a condition which affects a significant amount of people globally and is often undiagnosed,” Luke said.

Luke studied law at the University of Lincoln. Photo: iStock/Peter Austin
Luke studied law at the University of Lincoln. Photo: iStock/Peter Austin

“With the amount of people that are affected by SIBO, you would think there is a solution that can provide relief to millions, yet there isn’t.

“That’s what we are aiming to achieve, to bring back normality to people’s day-to-day lives and tackle the root cause of SIBO.”



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