Food & Nutrition

6 tasty probiotic drinks you can buy to give your gut a bacteria boost

Published by Finn Hayden

Getting more good bacteria into your diet is one of the best ways to improve your overall health. There are lots of probiotic products out there at the moment which make it easier than ever to get more of this friendly bacteria into your diet, and we've written about lots of them such as probiotic yoghurts.
 
One of the easiest and tastiest ways to get more friendly bacteria into your diet is to consume probiotic drinks. There are lots of options like this out there at the moment, so we thought it would be useful to round up the best probiotic drinks you can buy in the UK. Let's get into it:

Biomel

We'd say that of all the probiotic drinks that we tried for this guide, these Biomel drinks tasted the best. What's really impressive about this drink is that it's actually made without dairy- instead, it's made using coconut milk, but each bottle is still packed with billions of live active cultures. The drink also contains vitamins B 6 and D. You can buy this drink in a few different flavours, but the Belgian chocolate variety is absolutely delicious and tastes really chocolatey. Learn more and buy it here - waitrose.com

Biomel

Yakult Original

Yakult is probably one of the best-known probiotic drinks brands in the UK, and we think the brand is definitely worthy of this reputation. Famously, Yakult claims that each of these small bottles is packed with more than 20 billion friendly L. casei Shirota bacteria, which is named after the founder of Yakult. This bacteria is scientifically proven to reach the gut alive, which is exactly what you want. You can buy a "light" version of Yakult, but we really like the taste of the Original Yakult. Learn more and buy it here - sainsburys.co.uk

Yakult

Actimel

If you read our comparison between Actimel and Yakult then you'll know that we don't think there is much to separate these 2 probiotic drinks, but if we had to choose one then we'd probably go for Actimel. Made using L.casei cultures, each bottle of Actimel is packed with billions of friendly bacteria as well as vitamins D and B6. This is impressive enough, but the real reason we love Actimel is that it tastes great and it tends to be cheaper than Yakult. Learn more and buy it here - groceries.asda.com

Actimel

Biotiful

We included Biotiful in our guide to the best kefir you can buy, but we'd go further and say that we think it's one of the best probiotic drinks you can buy too. This kefir drink is made using British milk and more than 40 strains of live cultures. None of the kefir drinks from Biotiful contain any added sugar, and the flavoured varieties are made using real fruit puree. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com

Biotiful

Tesco

We tried own-brand probiotic drinks from a number of the biggest supermarkets in the UK, but we were most impressed with the range from Tesco. These small yoghurt drinks are made with L. Casei culture which means they're packed with good bacteria. They also contain high amounts of Vitamins B6, C, and D, all of which contribute towards the normal function of your immune system. You can buy this probiotic drink in a number of flavours, but we definitely liked the strawberry flavour the best. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com

Tesco probiotic drinks

Lo Bros

We included Lo Bros in our kombucha guide, and we definitely think it's one of our favourite things to drink when we want some friendly bacteria in our diet. Each mouthful of this kombucha contains millions of beneficial living cultures, and we really love the taste of this drink. In fact, it's our favourite probiotic drink. We especially love the Raspberry & Lemon flavour. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk

Lo Bros kombucha

Hopefully, this guide helps you to choose an effective probiotic drink to help get more friendly bacteria into your diet. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other recommendations for us to try.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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