Probiotic yogurt/yogurt drinks

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   Posted 8/10/2008 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
this wk i bought Danactive yogurt drink.. very good. what do we think of these? Are they truely beneficial vs. regular yogurt? is this a good way to get the probiotics in the system?
29 Year old Female. Dx with Crohns 2005. Currently take Imuran 50 mg. Had 3 remicade infusions which put me in remission.
Dx with Pyoderma Gangrenosum Nov '07. Used Prednisone and 3 more infusions to close up the PG.

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   Posted 8/10/2008 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I never tried the drink, but did try the yogurt and though it was bitter tasting so never tried more than a few. If it has helped anyone though I would like to know. I would gladly put up with bitter taste if it helps symptoms.

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   Posted 8/10/2008 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
i recommend goat and sheep milk yogurt. they are more expensive and harder to find though. redwood hill farms is a good brand for goat milk yogurt. they just came out with a goat milk kefir which i have yet to try. i forget the name of the sheep milk yogurt i like, but it comes in a green container. another thing to try is kefir. use lifeway or organic valley/pastures (i forget which). i recommend staying away from helios brand cos it contains FOS, which is illegal on the SCD. you can also try colostrum. i recommend you get it raw though.

my problem with commercial yogurt is the quality of milk, most are low/non fat (you want fat in your dairy products), most add unnecessary ingredients, like sugars and what not (cadillac it up on your own with fresh/frozen fruit, vanilla extract, flax seed oil, etc) and you really dont know how many cfu's it has of the cultures it says it has and even then how many are still alive by the time it gets from the plant to your house. so i recommend making your own with a quality organic whole milk (or raw milk) and some good starters. it takes me like 30 min to make a half gallon. sure it takes some time, but i save a bunch of money.
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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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   Posted 8/11/2008 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
The Danactive is not the same as Activia. Supposedly the cultures in Danactive are meant to enhance your immune system. The cultures in Activia are meant for intestinal problems. They have differnent strains of the cultures in them.

I use Danactive whenever I take antibiotics. It's supposed to help your immune system and I find it does seem to keep my intestines calmer on the antibiotics.

I use Activia for a few weeks whenever I seem to be heading toward C.

I get both at Costco for about the same price as cheaper storebrand yogurt.

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   Posted 8/11/2008 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
All I know is Activia made me SICK, I had the worst D after eating that. So did my Aunt (who also has disgestive issues). It makes you "regular" alright. Might be good for consitpation issues I suppose. After that I'm good with those. LOL
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapering down again at: 4mg now, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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   Posted 8/11/2008 1:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know what is in the unflavored Activia, but the fruit blends all have sugar, corn starch and modified corn starch. Those ingredients can cause problems for some Crohnies and as far as I can see, the bacteria promoted by them is intended to produce an effect of "regularity" - read easy bowel movements. That may not be useful for someone with active D. For some others, the fact that the commercial yogurts are not fully aged is a problem. They usually contain unfermented milk which supplies lactose and can cause problems. A large number of adults lack adequate amounts of lactase and so cannot digest lactose which then feeds troublesome gut bacteria. For a way to benefit from probiotics without the need to make properly fermented yogurt at home, you can try a whey supplement. You need to choose one that advertises 98-100% lactose free and contains no added sugar or FOS. Whey will supply beneficial probiotics with nutrients so that they outgrow the undesirables. See for more.

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   Posted 8/11/2008 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   

For me the "probioitc" yogurts just kill me, I think it is the fiber (inulin) that is added too them.

I stick with plain yogurt or goats milk yogurt, or even kefir - just add my own natural fruits to them for a sweeter taste.  Much easier on my digestive system.

Diagnosed with Lupus - April 2002
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease (and all the lovely things that come with it) - January 2003 (problems since early 1990)
Fibromyalgia 2005 
Normal Meds:  Lunesta 2mg, Flexeril 10mg as needed, Plaquenil 400mg, Probiotics
"Extras" Right Now for Crohn's Flare:  Flagyl, Levaquin and Entocort

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