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 are 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 upto 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
- Helps build immunity
- Reduce risk of infections
- No preservatives
In case you’re wondering why the benefits has such a small list, that’s because Yakult and any probiotic drink has 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
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. Product isn’t a leisure drink such as Coca-Cola etc. so do not consume for the taste or without prescription.