Probiotic supplements vs. Yogurt?

yogurt01Probiotics in Yogurt

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

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



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