Zentraveler on the health benefits of Yakult.

Yakult Probiotic Drink

Yakult Probiotic Drink

By now you have probably seen or drank the cute little bottles of Yakult which are showing up everywhere in the refrigeration section of the convenient stores and shopping malls across the world. I don’t know about you , but if you are into math, I think its a good idea to add over a billion friendly bacteria with one gulp on a daily basis.  Just like any army battlefield many of the friendly bacteria were destroyed when antibiotics were sent into your body to ward off the next generation of the flu or infection that is an ongoing battle for both the doctors and the patients.  I personally do not like to take antibiotics for that reason.

For those of you who grew up in Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and arguably Korea and other parts of the world, you may (or may not) have had a lil’ container of this miraculous Japanese drink called Yakult. In Hong Kong this is phonetically retranslated and pronounced “Yik Lik Dor”, as in the nutrients will give you a lot of energy.  In Taiwan this is “Yang Lir Duor” which has a similar meaning, with Yang having a direct literal translation of “breeding” or “raising”.

Mami-san and Nobu K informed me recently that many years ago in Japan, Yakult used to be bottled, and delivered by these older ladies door to door (hence the term Yakult ladies).

On the health benefits of drinking Yakult. The thumbnail version of it is that it is full of active good bacteria cultures that aid in digestion. Mainly, that means that Yakult will put good bugs in your intestinal tract to fight bad bugs. One of the benefits of it is that it can survive your stomach’s gastric juices and make its way to the places where it can help the most. This is unlike some supplements that claim to accomplish the same task, but burn up in your stomach before its little buggies can get to where they need to go.

The  bottles  are very tiny and normally come in a package of five with the cost 10 pesos per bottle. The packaging is like a milk jug, cloudy but clear so the color you see is the color of the drink itself. There is only 65 ml. of drink in it. Consider that the average can of soda has 350 ml. and you can get a greater sense of how small it is.

After peeling off the foil cover,  The first sip revealed  sweetness coupled with intense yogurt-like sourness. It really is like drinking hyper-concentrated yogurt which is nearly as thin as water. The ingredients include water, sugar, powdered skim milk and Live Lactobacillus casei Shirota strain.



Here’s the thing about health foods and beverages like Yakult; if you have a problem with your digestion, they are invaluable.  This is simply one of the easiest and fastest ways to get friendly bacteria (probioticcs) into your body and it’s such an old and established product that you can be nearly certain it’ll live up to its health claims.

Disclaimer: This website is simply the writers views and is not an attempt to practice medicine or provide specific medical or health advice and should not be used to make a diagnosis or to replace or overrule a qualified health care provider’s judgment. None of the statements on Zentraveler are to be understood as a recommendation on how to treat any disease or health related condition. If you require medical or other assistance Zentraveler strongly encourages users to consult with a qualified health care professional.

QUOTE: Probiotics or the essential gut flora helps by neutralising the toxic products during digestion, thus stimulating the overall digestion process. This in turn helps strengthen the immune system. Source: Wonder Woman India.


Yakult is a fermented milk drink containing the live cultures of the lactic bacteria, Lactobacillus caseistrain Shirota, which can survive in the human intestinal tract. In 1930, Dr. Minoru Shirota, founder of the Yakult Honsha, isolated this strain of lactic acid bacteria which plays a beneficial rule in the human intestines. Subsequently, the product Yakult was developed. This product provides consumers with a healthy drink that contains 8 billion live Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota, which maintains intestinal health and thus helps prevent disorders.

Microorganisms have to conquer various physiological barriers in order to survive in the human intestinal tract. These barriers – gastric juice and bile – are strongly bactericidal and kill most of the microorganisms that invade the human intestinal tract. The Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota in Yakult, however, is resistant to gastric acid and bile, and is able to reach the intestines alive. Once in the intestines, they act to exert various beneficial effects, which retain and promote intestinal health.

One milliliter of Yakult contains more than one hundred million live Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Yakurt Bottles…they must be good for something.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS:  Start your day by Drinking a Yakurt  to replenish your friendly bacteria and give your immune system a boost.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free?


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