Dec 12, 2007

Probiotics in India

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Traveller's diarrhea is one of the first issues facing the visitors from the western world to Mumbai. It is an easily avoidable situation if one follows basic rules related to food hygiene. Another nutritional supplement that can really help is probiotics. Inclusion of probiotics in diet can really help the visitors enjoy the trips to Mumbai.

Proboitic means “ for life”. Probitics are defined as “live beneficial culture administered in adequate amounts which confer a beneficial health effect on the host”.

In the US and Europe there are brands from Dannone such as Activia and DanActive (Actimel in the Europe). There are also pills and capsules that can remain stable at room temperature -- Kyo-Dophilus being one such brand. Visitors can carry these on there trips.

There are similar brands available in India.

Jarro-Dophilus, Bifilac, ViBact, Binifit, Becelac PB, Gutpro being some of them. In addition to managing the diarrhea, these supplements also help with regularity, immunity, calcium absorption, and general wellness through detoxification and synthesis of nutrients.

Brands available in India.

B-Active dahi
By Mother Dairy. Taste and texture like regular yogurt. Smaller pack is convenient for single person’s consumption.
90 gm for Rs 6,
200 gm for Rs 14.

Nesvita dahi
By Nestle. Familiar taste like regular yogurt.
200 gm for Rs 15,
400 gm for Rs 25.

Yakult
A sweet concentrated probiotic drink. Fermented mik product. Has its own unique strain (lactobacillus casei strain Shirota) of probiotic bacteria.
100 ml for Rs 10

Nutrifit
Mother Dairy’s concentrated probiotic drink. Available in strawberry and mango flavours.
Available in Delhi.
100 ml for Rs 10.

Prolife
Ice cream by Amul. Great in taste. Available in 5 flavours.
125 ml for Rs 15,
1.25 litres for Rs 120.