Dietary supplements are high in fashion these days considering the busy lifestyle that we all run. A balanced diet with appropriate macros and micros seems like a Herculean task. Putting in years of experimentation and research, scientists come up with new supplements every single day. And supplements suited to various lifestyle and needs.
Probiotics are one such type of supplement that is meant to balance the gut bacteria ratio in order to boost immunity and prevent various conditions such as constipation, gas, bloating, acid reflux, indigestion, skin problems, overall sickness, bad breath, fatigue, sugar cravings and other conditions listing up to 170 in number.
The body has both good and bad bacteria. Given the poor diet of many people these days, the ratio is disrupted hence causing the above listed conditions. According to WHO, probiotics are ‘live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit to the host.’
Coming to Yakult Probiotic Drink, it is no small name with their Indian ambassadors being Kajol and Shilpa Shetty. Yakult was first launched in Japan in 1935.
So, is the highly popular Yakult any good? What are the benefits? Are there any side effects? And most importantly, do you really need it?
- Prevents digestive disorders:
Consuming less fibre in the diet leads to trouble in bowel movement. Yakult, when regularly consumed, aids in gut mobility, alleviates constipation, and maintains the gut health.
- Helps build immunity
LcS ( Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota) present in Yakult works mainly in the small intestine. It helps in fighting disease causing bacteria such as Shigella Dysentery and E.Coli. Yakult reduces these harmful bacteria and prevents their growth, and hence it helps in improving immunity.
- Reduce risk of infections
Yakul helps in yeast infection. Yakult helps recolonize the body with healthy bacteria, which fights off yeasts. This is even helpful in case of Vaginal yeast infection.
- No preservatives
Yakult has no added preservatives. The shelf life of the product is 45 days from the date of manufacture, when kept under refrigerated condition below 10 degree celcius. However, once the Yakult bottle is opened, it must be consumed in one shot for the probiotics to be functional.
In case you’re wondering why the benefits have such a small list, that’s because Yakult and any probiotic drink have one purpose only – to balance the bacterial ratio in the intestines. Considering there are no preservatives, Yakult has a fridge life of upto 40 days under ideal conditions.
Yakult Side Effects and Precautions
- Both Yakult (standard) and Yakult Light are considerably high in sugar content
- Skim milk used removes all healthy necessary fats
- Milk proteins are destroyed during the Ultra Heat Treatment process
- Artificial flavours and sugars
Note: The sugar content is not at an alarming level, but if you’re a diabetic, even the Light edition would be an issue for you.
Who is it for and do you need it?
If you’re facing an emergency issue of bacterial imbalance, a supplement for immediate effectiveness would be ideal but not as a long term solution.
If the condition is mild, consuming probiotic rich foods would be the best way to go.
- Dark Chocolate (Does not contain probiotics, rather protects them from the extreme pHs of the digestive tract)
- Miso soup
- Tempeh (Fermented food made from soybean)
Yakult Nutritional Information
1 bottle (80ml) contains:
- Total Calories: 50 Calories
- Total Fat: 0%
- Cholestrol: 0%
- Sodium: 1% (15mg)
- Carbohydrate: 4% (12g)
- Protein: Less than 1g
- Calcium: 4%
Recommended Yakult Dosage
- 1-2 bottles (80ml/per bottle) per day.
Note: Always consult your doctor(dietitian) for best possible guidance suited to your specific lifestyle and needs. The product isn’t a leisure drink such as Coca-Cola etc, so do not consume for the taste or without prescription.
Frequently Asked Question About Yakult
Is Yakult glueten free?
Yes, Yakult is gluten free.