[quote]Bill Roberts wrote:
If you would like to save money – as the above product is NOT cheap – I’d suggest using it as a seed culture for ultrapasteurized milk. In other words, use one capsule (it wouldn’t even take that much: a half capsule would be enough) to inoculate an amount of milk that you’d find suitable for a week’s worth of dosing. Simply open the ultrapasteurized milk container, add the content of the capsule, reclose the container, leave out for 12-24 hours, and refrigerate.
I mean, this product costs $5 a capsule. For bacteria that cost them essentially nothing. (There is expense in the refrigeration, to be sure, but… )
I am glad that it works well for you, but would like to see you able to do it a lower cost.
As to whether ongoing use is needed, it would depend on whether these strains in your individual GI tract outcompete other bacteria. Probably not I think, and so ongoing reinforcement would be needed for continued effect. The reason I think probably not is that if they did outcompete other bacteria, then a single at-all-recent exposure to these bacteria would have sufficed.[/quote]
I’m sorry Bill, could you clarify? ‘ultrapasteurized’- does that mean pasteurised/ UHT (Ultra Heat Treated) or is it something else? My milk jargon is pretty poor
And are you saying that if you took one probiotic capsule, and emptied the contents into 1 litre of that milk, and then drank this throughout the week, the culture would grow in the milk to the extent that each 1/7 milk would rival or exceed the amount of bacteria you would have got from that one capsule?
Ultrapasteurization is a process where the milk is actually sterilized, as opposed to having the bacterial count very greatly reduced. It’s sold on the supermarket shelf rather than in the dairy cooler.
I suppose one could use pasteurized milk as well, but I’d have a little more concern about leaving it at room temperature for 24 hours. If having to use pasteurized milk, I’d limit the time at room temperature to say 8 hours. This would still allow the bacteria from the probiotic to multiply through a number of generations.