November 7, 2012

Be Careful when buying PROBIOTICs- USE CAUTION on YAKULT

Yakult needs to pull up its socks in India. A wonderful Probiotic drink that I personally use, but I now want to ask you to BUY FROM THEIR COLD STORE DEPOTS DIRECTLY. My reason is the shopkeepers and supermarkets are KILLING the good bacteria and so your BUYING SUGAR milk and no healthy benefit. The VIDEO HERE shows how Yakult is being mistreated in Storage at supermarket. THIS VIDEO is courtesy the PREMIUM Chain of GODREJ format store....and I AM ANGRY at them for not having systems in place to ensure compliance. SHAME on you GODREJ and YAKULT......( by the way I earlier complained to Yakult but they seem to be poor at their job at convincing their personnel to do the monitoring.....) Please share this with your loved ones and read further on safety for PROBIOTICS.

TO know how my dietitians can guide you on your choice of probiotics including YAKULT which I still love....( I buy directly from the company now...and hopefully the MORON truck drivers in India will keep their Refrigeration truck ON, so factory to company depot ..may be good!)

AS PER MY KNOWLEDGE ON PROBIOTICS you need to keep it Refrigerated and rise in temp should be inside your body.....As per Yakult's website  " 20. How long can Yakult be kept after taken out from the fridge?
It is not a problem to keep Yakult outside of the fridge for awhile. The Yakult bacteria slowly become active at temperature between 15 to 40 degrees Celsius.

When the bacteria become active, it will begin to produce lactic acid, which will affect the taste and make it sour. When there is too much acid produced, the bacteria will die, and the product will be less effective.

So, when Yakult is left outside of the fridge, the taste will become more sour and it will be less effective, but you can still drink it. However, it is best to keep Yakult refrigerated so you can fully enjoy the taste and health benefits."

People who take supplements that are supposed to contain beneficial bacteria (probiotics) may not be getting their money’s worth, according to a study presented by researchers from Bastyr University (Kenmore, WA). The finding that some of these products do not contain viable bacteria or are contaminated with other potentially harmful bacteria raises concerns about the safety and efficacy of these products.
The intestinal tract contains billions of beneficial bacteria that perform various necessary functions, such as aiding in the digestion and absorption of food and protecting the body against microorganisms that can cause infection. While there are dozens of different types of friendly bacteria,Lactobacillus acidophilusL. bulgaricus, L. thermophilus, L. reuteri, and Bifidobacterium bifidum are some of the more common strains found in the gut. Studies suggest that taking supplements containing these bacteria can help boost immune function and prevent or relieve certain health conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, vaginal yeast infections, and traveler’s diarrhea. However, commercially available probiotic products that do not contain what they are purported to contain will not deliver these benefits.

According to this new report, laboratory testing of 12 refrigerated and 8 non-refrigerated, randomly selected probiotic supplements obtained from different health food stores revealed that only one product contained the same bacteria as those listed on the label. Many of the refrigerated products had some beneficial bacteria, but contained fewer species of organisms than the label claimed. More than 30% of all supplements were contaminated with other microorganisms and 50% of the non-refrigerated products were completely dead. Dead probiotics have no impact on improving intestinal function or restoring the balance of normal intestinal flora.

The deficiencies found in these probiotic supplements may be due to poor manufacturing processes, poor quality control, or other environmental factors that cause the bacteria to deteriorate. While some probiotics are stable at room temperature, most require refrigeration to maintain live cultures. The findings in the new study suggest that many probiotic supplements will provide no benefit due to lack of viable organisms and may cause infection if contaminated with organisms that cause disease. However, no reports have been published linking a probiotic supplement to an intestinal infection. It is unclear at this point whether there are any adverse effects from the bacterial contaminants found in probiotic supplements.

So the bottom line, You know probiotics are good. At QUA NUTRITION our dietitians will help you decide and educate you about the best choices for your body. Call India & International +919743430000 or email us at to know more. 

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