The concept of using Lactobacillus for disease prevention and treatment and health restoration and maintenance is not new. In recent times, health-conscious individuals have shown increased interest in using probiotics with Lactobacillus in order to prevent diseases, restore health and maintain good health.
What is Lactobacillus?
Lactobacillus is one of the most common types of probiotics. It is a type of beneficial bacteria that normally lives in the digestive, urinary, and genital systems without causing diseases. Lactobacillus is the dominant microbe on the vaginal microbiome. It’s also found in fermented foods like yogurt, dietary products, and supplements.
Lactobacillus is very good for your gut health. It is commonly used for diarrhea, including diarrhea among those who are taking antibiotics and infectious diarrhea. Some people had been consuming functional foods with Lactobacillus or take probiotic supplements with Lactobacillus for:
- Digestive issues like diarrhea or constipation
- Long-term disorder of the large intestine that causes stomach pain or IBS
- Long-term swelling in the digestive tract of inflammatory bowel disease or IBD
- Excessive crying among infants
- Inflammation of the colon
- Improve outcomes after bowel surgery
- Too much bacterial growth in the intestine
- Prevention of serious gut problem called necrotizing enterocolitis or NEC among babies born prematurely
- Prevention of pylori infection
- Prevention of urinary tract infection, and vaginal infection
- Prevention of common colds and flu
- Management of weight loss, and rheumatoid arthritis
- Management of dental plaque, cavities, and mouth sores
- Treatment of skin disorders such as canker sores, acne, and fever blisters
- Treatment and prevention of eczema, sensitivity to sun exposure, and environmental allergens in children.
- Boosting the immune system
How does Lactobacillus work?
Lactobacillus bacteria are helpful in the breakdown of fiber from your diet and transform it into good things needed for your health like vitamins, and short-chain fatty acids such as lactic acid. It also helps in the absorption of nutrients. Lactobacillus is also a valuable weapon in the gut armory. Together with other good bacteria in your gut, they protect the body by fighting off harmful microbes causing diseases. This is why beneficial bacteria like Lactobacillus are an essential part of your gut microbiome.
Lactobacillus produces an enzyme called lactase. Lactase breaks down lactose found in milk into lactic acid. Usually, if you take high-quality probiotics, you can expect an initial improvement in your health as early as the first 2 weeks after taking probiotic supplements.
What are the different species of Lactobacillus?
There are a lot of different species of Lactobacillus.
- casei: Prevention of diarrhea including antibiotic-associated diarrhea and infections diarrhea
- paracasie: Therapeutic benefits against IBD
- brevis: Treatment of diarrhea, boosting the immune system
- acidophilus: Treatment of ulcerative colitis, reduce cholesterol, treatment, and prevention of vaginal infections, IBS, promote weight loss
- reuteri: Prevention of H. pylori infection; treatment and prevention of urogenital disease, food sensitivity, and dental caries
- plantarum: Prevention and management of IBS or Irritable bowel syndrome and IBD or inflammatory bowel disease; prevention of cancer, coronary heart disease and GI symptoms