Keybiotics by Whole Body Research: My Review and Observations

Keybiotics by Whole Body Research is a new player in the probiotics arena. I finally managed to get my hands on a bottle, and today I'll give you my observations.

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About that Keybiotics Video: “The American Parasite”

Whole Body Research posted a video entitled The American Parasite – 250 Million Americans Infected in January 2014. It’s an annoying 30-minute white board presentation long on hype and short on information. Not too surprisingly, the overly-dramatic voice-over implies that candida is this mysterious parasite, but it is a rather nebulous explanation.

The URL TheAmericanParasite.com is used in the video. That domain forwards to keybiotics.com.

Comments for the video are closed, presumably to avoid the expected avalanche of criticism this video would (and should) receive. Below is the video, if you can stomach all 30 minutes of it. The description reads:

A parasite that uses your body as its personal feeding ground, taking over first your stomach, then your entire G.I. tract, forcing you to crave the foods it wants…while slowly destroying your body from the inside out. Governments are finally admitting that this is real. Measures have been proposed in New York and the country of Mexico to try and stop it.

Manuvering Through Fake Reviews

Are you trying to find a real review of Keybiotics? Good luck.

Alas, another annoyance related to Keybiotics is that of fake positive reviews which have flooded the internet. How do you spot one of these fake reviews? Find an overwhelmingly positive review of Keybiotics, and scroll to the end. One of the last sentences will undoubtedly read something like this:

If you’re interested in trying Keybiotics for yourself, you can order it directly from the Whole Body Research website here.

And yes, that “here” link is an affiliate link, meaning the person who wrote and posted the review stands to make a few bucks if you click that link and purchase the product. Would you expect a negative review in such a situation?

In some cases, legit reviews of Keybiotics are flooded by obviously fake comments by affiliates as well.

This is what Keybiotics.com looks like in February 2014:

keybiotics review

What’s in Keybiotics?

There are 14 strains of beneficial bacteria in Keybiotics, at 37.5 billion CFU per capsule. Unlike competing products, they do not breakdown how much of each strain is contained in one capsule, so it could, theoretically, have 99% of one strain and we wouldn’t know it.

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Cost of Keybiotics

  • 1 bottle (30-day supply) is $39.95
  • 2 bottles (60-day supply) is $69.95
  • 3 bottles (90-day supply) is $94.95

How does this measure up to the competition? Consumer Lab states, “less expensive products with a similar amount and range of bacteria, and which have passed ConsumerLab.com testing, are available at about half the cost.” When they wrote the above statement, they were basing this on the price of $30 per bottle, which is no longer the case, even when buying a 90-day supply.

What makes Keybiotics different than other probiotics?

Nothing really. You can find probiotics with similar strains and blends from vendors all over the internet. Consumer Lab called out Whole Body Research on their claim as the “most powerful” probiotic on the market, writing, “there is not enough evidence to deem Keybiotics the ‘most powerful’ probiotic on the market.”

Digestive Health Club Member?

When you try to order Keybiotics, they urge you to become a Digestive Health Club member, which is a fancy name for their auto-ship program. This is where they automatically send – and bill – you every month for Keybiotics. I did not opt for this, but I’ve heard horror stories of people having difficulties canceling this “membership.”

Running Low on Keybiotics?

A pathetic marketing ploy on the official website claims that they are “running low” on Keybiotics and suggest you order as much as you need:

Update: We are running low on Keybiotics and do not know when we will have more in supply. We ask that you only order enough for you and your family so as many people as possible get a chance to benefit. 

This warning message, however, is always on the website.

Does it work?

Being something of a probiotics aficionado (if such a thing even exists), I can tell you that Keybiotics did work on par with other probiotics out there. Is that a glowing endorsement? Not really. But from my experience it does seem to be at least a real probiotic and not a placebo.

How do I know it worked? TMI alert here… As a sufferer of IBS, probiotics are my first line of defense against certain side effects. Unlike non-IBS sufferers, there is a big difference to me when I’m on probiotics vs when I’m not.

I switched from a GNC brand of probiotics to Keybiotics for a month, and I saw little difference – which I suppose is a good thing because that means Keybiotics were at least on par with the GNC product.

From that perspective, Keybiotics worked. Of course then we have the problem of customer service to factor into the overall experience.

Customer Service

THE biggest complaint about Keybiotics is regarding customer service by Whole Body Research.

Summary

Keybiotics seems to be a legitimate, yet overpriced product. It is more expensive than similar products, but in my experience it did work. If you order it, skip the “membership.” And consider alternatives you can buy in person. There are lots of probiotics out there, and Keybiotics is by no means special or unique.

  • Tomigirl

    I am a real consumer & I’ve had a very positive experience with Whole Body Research and their Keybiotics. The first time I ordered it I was expecting immediate weight loss among other things like curing my gastritis. After 3 months I gave up after little results. I called, spoke to a very nice lady who immediately refunded my money. My Dr recommended I try probiotics again. I had gotten an offer from W.B.R. via email. A 3 month supply @ 59.99 +free shipping. I ordered again & this time noticed some improvements in my overall health. I had high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes & high liver enzymes along with being overweight. A year later my liver is normal, my a1c went from 8.1 to a now 5.8, my cholesterol levels are very close to normal with my HDL going from being too low to 70! I lost 30lbs during the year with a small change to my lifestyle. I’m a 50 yr old female & I feel better than I did @40. I tell everyone about Whole Body Research/Keybiotics because it gave me my life back! I’m on disability and I don’t have a ton of money. They send emails all the time with special offers. I wait for the offers & rarely pay more than 19.99 a bottle. I have tried other probiotics & never got the results Keybiotics gave me. It’s now going on 18 months & I’m still losing weight although slower as I’m close to my goal. My gastritis is still a problem but everything else has gotten TONS better with little changes so I know it’s the Keybiotics. I hope this helps someone. I learned not to give up to fast. Best wishes & good luck everyone!