Dr Sarah Brewer delved into detail on the differences between probiotics in supplements and those in fermented dairy drinks. Yoghurt drinks contain live, fragile bacteria whose numbers fall whilst on the shelf, leaving sometimes only a few hundred thousand live bacteria by the time of consumption. Brewer highlighted the fact that yoghurt drinks often provide high levels of sugar, with a significant calorie count. She stated that probiotic supplements deliver a guaranteed potency of live bacteria, ideally at least 1 to 5 billion per dose, and that they should not need to be refrigerated, and hence useful for travel. Brewer concluded by stating that yoghurt drinks are perhaps easier to include in the diet, advising that however one takes their probiotics, it is ideal to take them daily, to replenish those that are naturally flushed from the body.

Reference: Healthspan

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