What is Lactobacillus Acidophilus Probiotic ?
Lactobacillus Acidophilus is a “good bacteria” that is found in our gastrointestinal tract, genitals, and mouth. It is naturally used to keep the nutrients in the body that we get from food consumption and to protect against bad bacteria that may lead to diarrhea and certain diseases.
Its main purpose is to keep our gut healthy, where the largest amount of bacteria in the body lives. L. Acidophilus is thought to contribute to the balance of good and bad bacteria that live in the intestinal tract and to repair it when needed. It can take up to 5 months to naturally repair itself without supplementation.
This probiotic is often prescribed by physicians when a person is taking antibiotics. Antibiotics, kill bacteria but may also kill the good bacteria at the same time. This is why you may experience consistent diarrhea after a round of antibiotics, which can lead to severe dehydration.
A good source of L. Acidophilus can be found in foods including yogurt, bananas, vegetables, honey, miso and tempeh. Supplements can be found in capsules, powder form, tablets and freeze-dried granules.
Benefits of Lactobacillus Acidophilus
One of the main uses of L. Acidophilus is to potentially treat/prevent diarrhea in general, promote a healthy gut and support the immune system. This includes, travelers diarrhea and rotaviral diarrhea (rotavirus).
This is a contagious virus that affects the intestinal tract and causes inflammation in the stomach and bowels. Common in children exposed to bacteria and sometimes passed onto adults, it is best to speak with your doctor first whether a probiotic is your best option.
Since Lactobacillus Acidophilus fights to prevent bad bacteria, some studies suggest that it is has very beneficial probiotic effects and it is used by many people to potentially treat and prevent other conditions including;
- Vaginal infections (UTI’s and yeast infections)
- Symptoms of IBS
- Lactose intolerance
- Digestion problems
- Lower cholesterol
It is currently being studied on it’s potential ability to provide anti-cancer properties. Particularly in relation to colon cancer, where there seems to be some association with L. Acidophilus reducing inflammation in the colon although more research is needed.
In addition, L. Acidophilus supports the immune system. Not only does this promote overall health but it may give you additional energy and prevent common colds.
Another interesting fact is the connection between your brain and probiotics. Signals are sent to the brain from the intestines (molecules produced from gut microbes) through the central nervous system.. Research is ongoing regarding the brain-gut connection but probiotics may have brain boosting and positive effects on mood. (healthline.com)
Finally, it is a good idea to take L. Acidophilus during and after antibiotic treatment to restore a healthy bacteria balance. However, it is recommended to take the antibiotic a few hours before taking L. Acidophilus to ensure it doesn’t kill the good bacteria.
Side Effects of Lactobacillus Acidophilus
L. Acidophilus is a safe supplement to take to for healthy people. Side effects are rare however mild stomach discomfort has been reported but may be associated with over usage.
If you have short bowel syndrome (SBS) or artificial heart valves, you should avoid taking this probiotic since it may cause infection.
L. Acidophilus is not recommended for people with weakened immune systems or those who are taking medications that suppress the immune system. This includes individuals with AIDS/HIV or those taking medications to prevent organ rejection from a transplant.
In addition, it is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.
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