Yakult: The World’s Leading Probiotic Drink

October 21, 2008

Next week I will have the honor of speaking at the American Dietetic Association Conference in Chicago. The title of my presentation is “Probiotics: Basics & Applications for Dietitians”. With the growing interest in probiotics, practicing dieticians need to understand how this “new” science will impact our field and patient treatment. The fundamental concepts of probiotics rely on the mechanism in the human body that is most closely associated with our work: the digestive system. As an advisory board member for the world’s leading probiotics science company, Yakult, I have been asked to present to dietitians at the ADA event on October 28.  For those who don’t live in Southern California, Las Vegas, or other parts of the world, or are not familiar with Yakult, I would like to share a bit about the history and health benefits found in this tiny little bottle.

 

The probiotic strain, now known as Lactobacillus Casei Shirota was successfully cultured by microbiologist, Dr. Minoru Shirota at Kyoto University. He was looking for a way to solve Japan’s common health issue which involved infectious disease due to poor nutrition. One of the primary reasons Dr. Shirota selected this strain is that it was powerful enough is to survive harsh stomach acids and reach the intestines alive, where it may be able to provide health benefits. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. There are hundreds of probiotic strains found in our bodies and used in various food products and supplements, however, not all have the ability to reach the intestines alive.  So, in the 1930’s, Dr. Shirota came up with the idea of mixing the strain into a tasty beverage that everyone would want to enjoy and it became known as Yakult.

 

Seventy percent of our immune system is located in the intestinal tract. Many experts believe that an “unbalanced” digestive tract affects the immune system (i.e. increase in illness and disease).  Yakult works in the intestines to “balance” the digestive system by adding more of the beneficial bacteria and also by making it difficult for the bad bacteria to grow.

 

Yakult is the most clinically studied probiotic in the world and has the potential to:

  • Balance your digestive system
  • Keep your digestion regular
  • Enhance your immune system

 

One little bottle of Yakult contains 8 billion probiotic bacteria (the approximate amount needed to have health benefits) and contains only 50 calories. Millions of people around the world drink Yakult each day.

 

As a Nutritionist, I recommend Yakult (and other probiotics) to my clients who suffer from digestive issues or who are interested in staying well and optimizing their health.

 

Yakult can be consumed by itself anytime of day. It can also be blended with ice to make a cold smoothie.

 

Learn more at my seminar on October 28, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago. To register, go to www.yakultusa.com/seminar/ada

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