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Yakult and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will start an experimental project in 2017 to examine how bacteria work on human health in outer space. Crew members of the International Space Station will consume capsules of Lactobacillus casei Shirota, Yakult’s unique bacteria that is found in their fermented milk drinks.

Yakult has developed a technology to freeze-dry their live bacteria and keep them in capsules at ordinary temperatures for as long as nine months. Capsules containing the bacteria will be carried on a U.S. unmanned vehicle to the ISS. In outer space, bacteria levels in the body are believed to change; this is seen as a challenge which needs to be researched for extended future space travel.


Jazz Carlin

Yakult UK are proud to support Commonwealth and four time European Champion swimmer, Jazz Carlin throughout the 2017 season.  To add to her past successes, Jazz has achieved two silver medals in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in the 200m and 800m freestyle.

Yakult has long been associated with the sport of swimming, having supported the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) swimming championships each year from 2005 to the present day. When founding the Yakult company, the scientist Dr Shirota pledged to support cultural, educational and sporting organisations within his local area – and beyond – and this is something which continues to this day.  

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Science Hack

Yakult Science Hacks
The easy way to clean your silver – to a cup of hot water add a tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and a ball of scrunched up aluminium foil. Drop in tarnished silver and leave for a few minutes, then rinse for silver that shines like new!    
Now for the science bit …  the black tarnish on silver is silver sulphide that builds up over time. Aluminium foil reacts with the silver sulphide to create aluminium sulphide, turning the tarnish back to silver. Foil is coated with a layer of aluminium hydroxide – stopping the aluminium metal reacting with the silver - the bicarbinate of soda removes this which and allows the aluminium foil to work its magic!

Science Bite

A team of researchers in Japan have discovered a new species of bacteria with the ability to break down polyethylene terephthalate (or PET) - plastic commonly used in packaging.1 These bacteria, named Ideonella sakaiensis, use two enzymes to degrade PET into a substance the bacteria can then use as energy to grow. Although an exciting new discovery which may lead to new ways of breaking down plastic, for now we should continue putting our plastic bottles in a recycling bin including our recyclable Yakult bottles.

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1Reference: Yoshida S, Hiraga K, Takehana T et al. A bacterium that degrades and assimilates poly (ethylene terephthalate). Science,. 2016 Mar 11;351(628): 1196-1199

See what we're up to!

Why not come and meet out friendly team and find out about everything Yakult? - see us at one of these future events!

  • Japan Matsuri Day - 24th September - Trafalgar Square, London
  • Cake & Bake Show -  6th-8th October - ExCel Centre, London
  • 50 Plus Expo - 20th-22nd October - RDS, Dublin
  • BBC Good Food Show Winter - 30th November-3rd December - NEC, Birmingham
  • Science not magic! 30" TVC


  • Science not magic! 15s TVC

    Science not magic! 15" TVC


  • Science not magic! 10" TVC


  • Making Yakult


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