I am one who had used yoghurt containing Bifidus as my starter the first eight months on the diet and after a few back to back flares where nothing helped, Lucy clued me in that the Bifidus may have overgrown in my colon and therefore caused my endless flare. Sure enough, after I switched to the powdered yogourmet starter I literally came out of the flare overnight! I am a big proponent
I'm trying to eat yogurt with bifidobacterium because I just finished a long treatment with antibiotics. Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria in the intestines, so I need to replace the good ones.
It's true that this bacteria doesn't remain in the colon for long though. If I don't eat it for a few days, I start having problems again. I've started making homemade yogurt with bifidobacterium culture in it so that I can eat it regularly. I have at least a cup daily and it's working great. I think I'm going to do this indefinitely.
In a 2007 study published in "Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics," researchers found that adults who regularly suffered from constipation related to irritable bowel syndrome experienced a decrease in their symptoms after eating two 4-ounce servings of Activa yogurt daily for at least three weeks. The study was fully funded by Danone, Dannon's parent company, however, and included Danone employees on the research team. Independent clinical studies are needed before yogurt containing Bifidus regularis can be recommended as an effective treatment for digestive ailments.