Activia doesn't work what????

Discussion in 'Community Board' started by proud_canadian, Sep 26, 2012.

  1. proud_canadian

    proud_canadian DIS Veteran

    Nov 23, 2009
    Did you guys hear about the activia lawsuit? Apparently it isn't really clinically proven that it helps regulate bowel function.

    I've actually been taking Activia daily for a long time and I find it really does help with my IBS. I've found I can't just take 1, but if I take it 2-3 times a day I really do notice a difference.

    Anyone else?
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  3. Eeyore'sthebest

    Eeyore'sthebest DIS Veteran<br><font color=darkorchid>Not So Tagle

    Mar 5, 2005
    I don't have IBS but I have found that it doesn't regulate anything. I usually eat 2 a day. Now I just buy what's on sale. :confused3
  4. usnuzuloose

    usnuzuloose DIS Veteran

    Sep 20, 2009
    I like the taste.
  5. Ginny Favers

    Ginny Favers <font color=green>I told my husband I think they m

    Dec 30, 2011
    I'm wondering if the effect is psychological. After all there is a BIG connection between one's mind and one's digestive system.
  6. goofyintoronto

    goofyintoronto I really wanted to like it, but I didnt.

    Mar 29, 2011
    im the opposite. I dont like the taste at all. blah.

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  7. The Mystery Machine

    The Mystery Machine Sunrise at my house. :+)

    Jan 4, 2001
    I take something that I get from a gastro, which is called GI Health.

    Obviously ANY yogurt helps. Some yogurts are different than others.

    I don't think Activia claimed that it was the only yogurt that helped does it?

    If you have a bacteria imbalance in your body yogurt is certainly a way to get some of the "good bacteria" in your system. Esp. if you are sick, immune system issues or meds.

    Or you could be me and shocked into menopause in which my hormones are causing all kind of crazy. :sad: :mic: :hyper: :faint: :drive: :badpc: :hippie: :banana:
  8. Minnesota!

    Minnesota! Shoeless in Minnesota

    Sep 15, 1999
  9. John VN

    John VN DIS Cast Member

    Aug 2, 2003
    Yesterday's tv commercial stated at the very end, "taken 3 times a day" or something to that affect.
  10. MEK

    MEK DIS Veteran

    May 8, 2005
    I think that Activa is using the same probiotic that is in Align, but in a significantly smaller amount. It is bifidobacterium infantis. This particular probiotic HAS been shown to help with IBS. Perhaps that's how Activia got the claim.

    Probiotic Strain: Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 (Bifantis) is the patented probiotic ingredient in Align that can help build and maintain a healthy digestive system.*
    Proof: Bifantis has been the subject of several clinical studies and has been featured in peer-reviewed journals. Please see for full details.
    Packaging: Align contains 1 x 109 (1 billion) CFUs of live bacteria when manufactured, and provides an effective level until the "best by" date on the package. Align capsules come in specially designed blister packs that ensure bacteria remain alive and effective until the date on the box.
    Quality and Quantity: DNA testing guarantees the purity of Align. The packaging and labeling meet all World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations by clearly stating:
    Strain: Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 (Bifantis)
    Colony-forming units (CFU): 1 x 109 (1 billion) live bacteria when manufactured, and provides an effect level of bacteria until at least the &#8220;best by&#8221; date.
    Suggested serving size: One capsule daily
    Health benefits: Helps promote a healthy digestive system*
    Proper storage conditions: Store at room temperature; no refrigeration required.
    Corporate contact information: or (800) 208-0112

    I have taken this probiotic (Align) since April 2010 after I had an episode of C Diff Colitis which landed me in the hospital. I can tell you that is has been an absolute life saver. I never relapsed from C Diff in over two years and my IBS symptoms resolved within days. It IS expensive, but it works. I have just started subbing it with the BJs brand probiotic. I am going to try theres for a month and see.

    A lot of common GI complaints - bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea are from a GI tract that does not have the proper antibacterial balance.
  11. Tinker'n'Fun

    Tinker'n'Fun <font color=purple>"apple", peaches, "pumpkin pie"

    Mar 27, 2005
    I take pain meds which "stop" your natural movements. I find that Activia does help for me, while other yogurts do not produce the same effects.

    I can only eat one or two a day or I am in trouble.

    Is there a class action suit being started? Seems like that is the new way for people to coupon!;)
  12. beaucoup

    beaucoup DIS Veteran

    Oct 6, 2010
    I think its weird it uses the word "take". I eat yogurt. I don't take it. It's not a medicine. It's food.

    Marketed to make it sound like it is medicine.
  13. Princess Dolly

    Princess Dolly <font color=green>Unfortunately it encroached the

    Aug 22, 2011
    It's easier just to take a probiotic and be done with it. No need to deliver it through yogurt.
  14. Andtototoo

    Andtototoo DIS Veteran

    Nov 23, 2010
    Eh, I think it's like anything we can take/do in re our bodies. The truth that it works for me does not make it universally effective just as the truth that it does not work for me does not make it universally useless.

    As an example, at work there are a number of ladies who have reached the age of menopause. They have all been trading ideas on how to ameliorate the various symptoms/results of menopause. Some people found that flaxseed oil tablets completely eradicate their hot flashes, while some ladies found it did nothing. The variability in results doesn't negate the good results or the bad results, just that they vary.
  15. furb & dez

    furb & dez City Bear Jamboreers

    Jan 18, 2011
    Hehehe, and that was just the last 30 seconds, right? ;)
  16. The Mystery Machine

    The Mystery Machine Sunrise at my house. :+)

    Jan 4, 2001
    Most certainly. I think it was one of these threads around here....:lmao:
  17. shortbun

    shortbun <font color=green>Peacenik<br><font color=purple><

    Aug 21, 1999
    Lactose intolerant. Hate Activia. If I need anything, I increase my fluid intake and take some acidopholus while gradually increasing my fiber intake. I rarely need any assistance in this area and I sure wouldn't be taking in tons of dairy product to settle my system, regardless of what else was in it.
  18. Christine

    Christine <font color=red>Would love to be able to sit on th

    Aug 31, 1999
    I'll never forget my Activia "experience.":bitelip:

    I heard that it helps with IBS issues, of course, it never really says what types of IBS issues. I can occasionally get the IBS of the "D" variety if you catch my drift. So, I thought I try some Activia to regulate things. Oh boy. Within one day of drinking it I was in the bathroom FIVE times that day. I had to immediately stop. Not fun. The stuff had a serious laxative effect on me. Now, I eat regular yogurt all the time--no problems. But the Activia (just two small bottles) caused a serious problem. There's something not right in that stuff.
  19. tigercat

    tigercat <font color=magenta>Cook, clean and foot massage.

    Mar 4, 2000
    As soon as you add fruit and sugar to yogurt you take away the good bacteria. If you really want to add the good bacterie to your diet eat plain yogurt with nothing in it or take a pill.
  20. Imzadi

    Imzadi Saved by an angel in a trenchcoat

    Oct 29, 2004
    Yes, this was me the last 2 days having periomenopause symptoms right when I have my period. :(

    Seriously! I can't imagine needing to "take" 3 yogurts a day.

    Oh, and another little FYI on class action lawsuits, in case people who bought those Sketchers Shape-Up sneakers haven't heard, there is a class action law suit against them for claiming the sneakers have more benefits then they really do. If you still have your receipt or proof of sale, you can probably still get in on the law suit. Google for details.
  21. Hrhpd

    Hrhpd DIS Veteran

    May 12, 2012
    My gastro prescribed VSL#3 probiotic. He scoffed at Activia. VSL#3 is horribly expensive at $90.00 a bottle (otc, so no insurance coverage), but then 3 Activia's a day adds up too.

    Would much rather take a pill than all the calories in 3 Activias.

    The only person Activia has benefited is Jamie Lee Curtis.

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