Science has remained firmly at the core of the Yakult company since the scientist Dr Shirota succeeded in discovering a unique strain of bacteria robust enough to survive the intestines, Lactobacillus casei Shirota, which he used to make the first bottle of Yakult in 1935.

Yakult has a long history of safe use and an unparalleled reputation for quality and research.  The company is committed to sponsoring independent research in hospitals, universities and institutes throughout the world, including the UK, to further investigate the benefits and applications of the unique strain of bacteria.

To date, over 100 human studies on Lactobacillus casei Shirota have now been published in peer-reviewed journals, across a wide range of health areas including antibiotic-associated diarrhoea, infectious disease, constipation, IBS and cancer.  

For more information, healthcare professionals can visit the dedicated site or contact the UK Science Team on 020 8842 7600 or science@yakult.co.uk for free resources.