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Lactobacillus Acidophilus

Lactobacillus Acidophilus or L. acidophilus are probiotic bacteria. They’re naturally found in the human body and many fermented foods such as miso and sauerkrauts. They are also added to yogurt and other dairy products.

 

What is L. acidophilus?

 

  1. acidophilus is one of the best-known probiotics that promote health and protection against infections. It has been used in alternative medicine as a possibly effective aid in preventing diarrhea because of antibiotics and travel. L. acidophilus balances potentially harmful bacteria that flourish in the gut. It makes lactic acid by breaking down carbohydrates. This is mainly done by breaking down the sugar lactose in milk.

 

Health benefits of L. acidophilus

 

In alternative medicine, L. acidophilus is effective in treating or preventing:

 

  • Irritable bowel syndrome: IBS is a long-term digestive disorder that can cause constipation, diarrhea, and bloating. Research suggests that problems with the natural balance of the gut microbiota may play a role in the development of IBS.
  • Lung infection in children: acidophilus plays a role in reducing the severity and number of respiratory infections among children.
  • Immunity: Consuming probiotics with acidophilus may help boost the immune system
  • Skin problems such as acne and eczema: A mixture of L. acidophilus and other probiotics, along with other traditional medication, significantly improve symptoms of atopic dermatitis in children.
  • Weight loss: Probiotic supplements can promote weight loss. The good bacteria in the intestine help control food digestions and several bodily processes.
  • Immunity: acidophilus has antiviral and antimicrobial properties that may help prevent colds and allergies. Taking probiotic supplements with L. acidophilus along with other probiotic strains enhances immune function and improves overall health.
  • Certain types of diarrhea: acidophilus along with antibiotics can reduce diarrhea, cramps, and bloating due to C. difficile infection.
  • Lactose intolerance: acidophilus helps the body break down lactose from milk and other dairy products. Taking probiotic supplements with L. acidophilus may help relieve the effects of lactose intolerance by helping the body metabolize lactose.
  • Vaginal yeast infection: Candida is a type of yeast that occurs naturally in the human body. Vaginal yeast infection causes itching and painful skin. Several studies suggest probiotics may help prevent vaginal yeast infections and other vaginal infections.

 

 

How to get the most from L. acidophilus

 

You can get the most from L. acidophilus consuming foods like:

  • Miso
  • Yogurt
  • Tempeh
  • Kefir
  • Cheese
  • Sauerkraut

A very convenient and popular way of getting L. acidophilus is through yogurt and yogurt drinks. You can also get them from dietary supplements containing L. acidophilus at health stores and pharmacies. When buying probiotic supplements, always check the label to ensure the product contain L. acidophilus. Choose a reputable brand and always follow the package directions.

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