Yakult’s Health Benefits For You And Your Family

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Probiotics are live beneficial bacteria that help the overall balance of bacteria in the digestive system. However, not all probiotics can achieve the same health outcomes as the unique bacteria in Yakult.

Discover how drinking one bottle of Yakult each day is a refreshing and easy way for you and your kids to restore and maintain the balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut, with nutritional benefits for the whole family.

Why do you need probiotics?

Some of today’s lifestyle factors such as stress, ageing, medications like antibiotics, limited physical activity, and poor diets can upset the balance of bacteria in your gut. Probiotics can assist in maintaining the balance of good and potentially harmful bacteria in the gut.

What is Yakult?

Yakult is a fermented milk drink that contains a very high concentration of the unique bacteria Lacticaseibacillus paracasei Shirota (LcS) strain. This beneficial bacteria was named after Dr Shirota who first discovered this unique strain in 1930. This probiotic strain can only be found in Yakult, with over 85 years of scientific research behind its benefits and effective use.

Each 65mL bottle of Yakult contains sufficient beneficial bacteria and is regarded as a single serve.

The benefits of the LcS strain in Yakult include:

  • It survives and reaches the intestines alive.
  • It positively improves the balance of your gut, by increasing the number of beneficial bacteria.
  • It encourages improved stool consistency.

Each bottle of Yakult contains 6.5 billion highly acid-resistant bacteria, exclusive to Yakult. This means that every millilitre of Yakult contains 100 million (100, 000,000) of the live LcS strain! The LcS strain of probiotics meet the World Health Organisation definition for probiotics. This particular strain has been proven to survive strong gastric and bile acids to arrive alive in the intestines, favourably increasing the numbers of beneficial bacteria there.

Yakult is fat-, gluten- and cholesterol-free, low in lactose, and contains no artificial colouring. The colour of Yakult is acquired from the Maillard reaction during the heating of the skim milk powder and sugar mixture, prior to fermentation.

Yakult and your family

Yakult is safe to drink during pregnancy and can be consumed as part of a balanced diet. Probiotics are often recommended to assist with bowel issues associated with pregnancy. It is also suitable for children who can safely consume cow’s milk and citrus fruits without any allergies or sensitivities. Children can drink Yakult as part of their normal diet when they start on solids and are consuming a varied diet. For younger children, you may prefer to dilute or give a smaller amount of Yakult. 

People with diabetes can enjoy Yakult as part of a healthy diet. If you would like a lower sugar option, try Yakult LIGHT which has 75% less sugar and 40% less calories than Yakult Original. This should be considered within your total carbohydrate intake.

Yakult is suitable for individuals following a vegetarian diet who consume milk-based products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt.

Taking antibiotics can disrupt the balance of your gut bacteria by potentially removing many of the beneficial bacteria along with the harmful bacteria. Including a probiotic like Yakult before, during and after a course of antibiotics may help to reduce the disruption of balance in your gut.

Yakult can be enjoyed at any time of the day, regardless of whether it is before, during or after a meal. Yakult can also be added to tasty smoothies or cooling milkshakes – check out these Yakult recipes for more ideas.

Consistency is key

Probiotic bacteria don’t stay in the gut long-term. Drinking one bottle of Yakult daily is the best way to ensure you replenish and maintain the high numbers of the LcS strain in your digestive system. Probiotics require time to take action so it’s recommended that Yakult is consumed daily for at least two weeks to allow for the bacteria to begin influencing your family’s health.

Get your Yakult in New Zealand

There are two different types of Yakult available in New Zealand, Yakult Original and Yakult LIGHT.

Yakult Original is available in a 5 and 10 pack of 65ml bottles with each containing 6.5 billion live beneficial bacteria. Each 65mL bottle of Yakult contains sufficient beneficial bacteria as a single serve.

Yakult LIGHT offers all the same benefits and same high number of beneficial bacteria as the Original but with less sugar. Yakult LIGHT is available in a 5-bottle pack.

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Written by Kidspot NZ with information supplied by Yakult.

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