As a mother, I feel that one of my major jobs is to prepare my kids to live out in the world without me (sniff, sniff). I want them to be responsible, confident adults...
Probiotics, It’s All About The Strain
Most of us have heard of probiotics and many of us have probably tried them. But did you know that there are several types of food products that are considered “probiotic”? These include: Yogurt, Kefir, and, of course, Yakult.
You might have also heard of a couple types of probiotic bacteria, L. acidophilus and L. casei. Those names are missing an important component. The strain.
Probiotics can provide lots of benefits:
they can support digestive heath
improve nutrient absorption
support a healthy immune system
But every probiotic strain is different and not all probiotic products specify their strain. If you don’t know your strains, it’s hard to evaluate which probiotic product will have the benefits you’re looking for since probiotic benefits are strain specific. In fact, just because a product claims to be “probiotic” or “live and active” doesn’t necessarily mean that it even has benefits.
Some bacteria may not be strong enough to survive the harsh acids of the stomach, and so there may not be a significant amount of these “live and active” probiotic bacteria remaining once they reach your digestive system. Knowing the strain that a probiotic product contains can help you evaluate its benefits, since different strains have different characteristics. That’s why knowing your strains is so important.
When you look at the labels of different “probiotic” and “live and active” products, you’ll see words like: “Lactobacillus,” “S. boulardii,” “L. casei,” “Acidophilus,” “S. thermophiles,” “L. bulgaricus,” and “L. reuteri.” All of the words above are all types of probiotic cultures – but these aren’t strains.
The third part of a probiotic bacteria’s name–the strain–is important. Just knowing the first two parts of a probiotic bacteria’s name isn’t enough information. The third part–the strain–is important because probiotic benefits are strain-specific.
Not all products with “probiotic” or “live and active” claims identify their specific strains. Additionally, many “probiotic” products do not contain a strain with as much research as Yakult’s. The exclusive L. casei Shirota probiotic strain is what makes Yakult products so unique.
Yakult brand probiotic drinks contain an exclusive probiotic strain called Lactobacillus casei Shirota – L. casei Shirota is backed by over 75 years of research and is powerful enough to reach your digestive system alive. The probiotic culture in Yakult and Yakult Light is from the Lactobacillus casei family. The Shirota strain is named after Dr. Shirota, the microbiologist who cultured this special strain and was the first person to successfully culture a strain of bacteria that could make it through the digestive tract alive (that’s important) in the 1930s. How cool is that?
When you see Lactobacillus casei Shirota you know that you’re getting a strain of probiotic bacteria that’s backed by research that says this strain is strong enough to reach your digestive system alive. Each bottle of Yakult and Yakult Light probiotic drinks contains Yakult’s exclusive Lactobacillus casei Shirota probiotic strain.
• Balance your digestive system with beneficial bacteria
• Improve regularity
• Support overall health
Yakult is easy to drink and tastes good as well. It is in a small container, has no aftertaste and is actually perfect for a snack.
You can take Yakult’s Probiotic quiz to receive a Free Trial Offer!
This is a paid post sponsored by Yakult USA and Technorati. I received a free 10-day supply of Yakult Probiotic Drinks to complete my review. Although I have been compensated to help spread the word about strain-based probiotics, all opinions expressed here are genuine and my own.