Indianapolis Edition

Humarian Probiotics

A Locally Developed Nutraceutical

In conjunction with our healing ways feature by Linda Sechrist, “Understanding Nutraceuticals” (pg. 22), we are shining a light on Indianapolis’ own locally developed nutraceutical, Probonix. A liquid probiotic by Humarian, Probonix was created by Dr. Shawn Benzinger, D.C., C.C.N, Acupuncturist, and Dr. Ryan Bentley, M.D., Ph.D., D.C., who is the formulator.

Probonix offers formulas for people of all ages from infants to seniors, and they have expanded beyond our local market by selling online through Amazon, both nationwide and internationally.

The development of this product line was based on fulfilling a need in patient treatment, and applying thorough, sound research and clinical judgment. The research team’s goal was to create a probiotic in which the highest percentage possible of cultural bacteria could make it through the stomach and into the intestinal lining.

“Our probiotic is soaked in a specific acid blend that is only owned by Humarian, worldwide,” says Dr. Benzinger, “and this acid protects the probiotic from being destroyed by the stomach acid.”

Benzinger’s passion towards creating this probiotic was sparked when he heard about the specific acid that was effectively used for the health of large animals, such as cows and pigs, as far back as in World War II. He teamed up with Bentley and they acquired the rights to this acid to develop their own probiotic that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as being safe for human use.

The acid that coats the probiotic protects each live cell from harsh bile and stomach acid. They have done thorough third-party testing on Probonix, comparing the product to the top probiotics in the market, and they have found Probonix to be 10 to 12 times stronger.

Probonix is easy to swallow, as it is a liquid probiotic taken sublingually, which is why infants can take it. Available in both cherry and grape flavors, it has been known to help with conditions like gas and bloating, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, dental health issues, allergies and eczema.

These probiotics have been offered for five years for human use, and they are now available in a line for pets. They help dogs and cats with digestive issues, constipation, dermatitis, allergies, and more. It is easily administered by putting drops in their food or water once daily.

Beyond offering leading edge probiotics, another goal Humarian embraces is community education. Humarian’s website has many health-related blog articles and a podcast called Humarian Health Podcast hosted by Benzinger and Amy Baker, strategist, to promote a healthy lifestyle and demystify some of the common questions people have about herbs, supplements and various other topics.

“We want to be a resource for people to go to and know that our education is accurate, based on both truth and science, not sugar-coated media information,” says Christina Conlon, Social Media and Community Manager for Humarian.

Humarian is based at 7207 Shadeland Ave., Ste. B, Indianapolis. For more information, call 765-203-2250 or listen to the Humarian Health Podcast and view products at

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