Yogurt is an ineffective probiotic as are other functional foods that claim to contain microorganisms. Yogurt, Kefir, Sauerkraut, Miso soup, etc…are healthy foods containing probiotics, but the probiotics in these foods don’t survive in stomach acid. Adding live probiotic cultures to yogurt assists in the activation of the fermentation process. Yogurts that advertise the addition of active probiotics most often contain a strain of Lactobacillus. A 1999 research review published in “Applied and Environmental Microbiology” confirmed that several Lactobacillus strains are linked to reducing loose stools, regulating digestion and restricting the growth of harmful bacteria that lead to infections. Although ingesting yogurt is a convenient and cost-effective way of introducing probiotics into your body, the Food and Drug Administration has not established probiotic labeling standards for foods and companies are not required to disclose the particular probiotic used in their food items. Probiotic viability is also negatively affected by heat and exposure to other ingredients in the yogurt, although each probiotic strain has its own tolerance threshold.
Probiotic supplements contain high doses of a variety of helpful microorganisms. Supplements are a viable option if you have a digestive condition or diet that prevents you from eating yogurt. Unlike yogurt, probiotic supplements clearly list the specific strains contained in the product. More thorough labeling allows you to cater your probiotic intake to your specific health needs. Smart Probiotics or Intelligent Probiotics supplements use a patented process of “delayed release” which protects the live microorganisms from stomach acids and releasing the “good” probiotics into the intestines, not the stomach. This is an important health benefit that you can’t get from eating yogurt. For more information, visit https://www.iqbiotix.com/#