From a previous discussion on the message board:
horse low in bacteria???
If you are going to to a probiotic, Got with a GOOD horse formulated product like Fasttrac or Bene Bac or Equine Express probiotics. The yoguart is human formulated and you would would have to give several cups in order to get a benefit from feeding it.
The bacteria IS the same between yougart and equine formulated probiotics, BUT not in the same concentrations. To get the benefit a 1000 LB horse Would need WAY more than one Cup of Yougart.
For example: My dose of Appetie Express probiotic paste for horses contains 5 BILLION colony forming units of Lactobacillus Acidophilus
Then an additional 7.5 BILLION units of saccharomyces cerevisiae. (AKA Brewers Yeast) (AND is given in doses of 10 CCs as needed and may need to be repeated for FULL effect)
Yogurt however is highly variable in the amount of Units of Beneficial bacteria available Especially between different brands and is may be in the 1-2 Billion units range, but not enough for a full grown horse to recieve FULL benefit from ONE 8 OZ carton. Yogurt is fine for a human, but not enough for a horse. To get the full effect of ONE 10 CC dose of equine probiotics, one whould need to give a minimum of 2 and 1/2 8 OZ cartons of human formulated yogurt. (AKA 20 OZ of yogurt.)
What's the Difference Between
an Acidophilus Supplement and Yogurt?
There may be some acidophilus in fermented milk products such as yogurt and kefir. However, most commercial yogurts are made with Lactobacillus bulgaricus or Streptococcus thermophilus. Although these two organisms possess some health benefits, they will not colonize in your intestines.
On the other hand, the highest quality supplements are made with "super strains" of Lactobacillus acidophilus. These strains are designed for maximum clinical effectiveness. They also do not die as easily and are more likely to survive the digestive process in your stomach. So if you are looking for positive results, an acidophilus supplement is a better choice than yogurt.
Yogurt is still mildly beneficial, but make sure that it is unsweetened, because sweetening agents may destroy beneficial bacteria.
There are many sites on the Internet which offer L. acidophilus in the form of supplements. In natural form, these bacteria are present in acidophilous milk or yogurt. However, in commercial yogurt the amount of Lactobacillus acidophilus cells does not currently appear on the labels because their concentrations cannot yet be accurately measured in the presence of other cultures, particularly Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, which are the bacteria converting milk into yogurt.
Viability of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus casei added as
adjuncts in yogurt and cultured buttermilk during 28 days of refrigerated
storage was investigated using five different strains of L. acidophilus and one
strain of L. casei. Colonies were enumerated on LBS and LBS-O agars. At
each sampling period, colonies from the selective agar medium were isolated
for characterization and comparison using a commercially available
identification kit (API CH 50). This helped ensure that the strains of L.
acidophilus or L. casei and not the traditional buttermilk or yogurt cultures
were recovered. Generally, L. acidophilus survived better in cultured
buttermilk than in yogurt. However, strains of L. acidophilus differed in
survival in both cultured products. L. casei survived very well in both cultured