Jul 1, 2014

Wellness In A Bottle

Although Yakult has been in Singapore since 1978, many people still associate it with the drink that is “good for digestion”. This humble probiotic drink is actually packed with plenty of other health benefits too.


Did you know that human intestines are home to over 100 trillion bacteria? If you line up all these bacteria, they will encircle the earth two and a half times! These bacteria aren’t all the same though – some are beneficial, some harmful, and others, neutral. Lactobacillus is one example of a beneficial bacteria found in our intestines. In order to stay healthy, we need to ensure the good bacteria dominate the bad ones.

Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota, better known as L.casei strain Shirota is a type of lactobacillus discovered by Dr. Minoru Shirota, the founder of Yakult.

Dr. Minoru hirota, founder of Yakult.
L.casei strain Shirota.

A Rich History

So what is L.casei strain Shirota? This is a strain of probiotics that have been specially cultivated and biotechnologically strengthened to withstand gastric juice and bile so as to reach your intestines alive.

Decades after Dr. Shirota’s discovery in 1930, L.casei strain Shirota continues to be a winning formula. Each bottle of Yakult contains more than 10 billion of this bacterium. In 2004, Yakult Singapore expanded its product line to include the Yakult Ace Light, which is a cultured milk drink containing 30 billion of the L.casei strain Shirota. Specially developed for those who prefer a lighter taste and need more probotics in their intestines, Yakult Ace Light has been awarded the “Healthier Choice” label by the Health Promotion Board in Singapore. Yakult original on the other hand, has been recognised by the Japanese government as a “Food for Specified Health Uses.”

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