Acidophilus (Lactobacillus acidophilus) - Functions and benefits

Functions of the Lactobacillus acidophilus

The Acidophilus (Lactobacillus acidophilus), are the best known bacteria. They were announced as a dietary supplement in the 1920s.

In 1935 early results from clinical trials that were published showed that in patients with chronic constipation bowel function normalizes with acidophilus.

The Acidophilus or Lactobacillus acidophilus is the most used beneficial bacteria. These bacteria live in the gut and vagina and protect against the entry and spread of harmful organisms that can cause disease.

The Lactobacillus acidophilus is a bacteria present in both zones: the vagina, and the gastrointestinal, and it is important to control vaginal pH and keep a healthy balance in the vaginal ecosystem.

The age, infections, antibiotics, DOUCHING, and many other factors can interfere with the Lactobacilli, altering the delicate balance that predispose women to the proliferation of yeasts and the "bad" bacteria.

There have been several studies showing that regular ingestion of acidophilus decreases bacterial vaginal infections. Acidophilus is a bacterium that should form part of the daily diet of human beings. They can be taken and ingested in different forms, such as capsules. The powdered form, mixed with water, is the most effective.

Nutritional information of Acidophilus

Acidophilus supplements usually work quickly and efficiently, since they contain up to 1 billion bacteria per gram. For those who can not use dairy, acidophilus is available from carrots, beans of soy, rice starch, Chickpea and other sources.

Factors that can reduce the amount of Acidophilus

The following factors may reduce the amount of Acidophilus and alter its balance in the intestine:

  • Antibiotics (can kill both the good bacteria and bad bacteria),
  • Other drugs
  • Infections (bacterial, viral and fungal)
  • Diet (processed foods, foods that are low in fiber)
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Stress.

The health benefits of Acidophilus

The Acidophilus has other health benefits. They help prevent the intestinal infection caused by bad eating habits and it seems slightly improve the overall function of the immune system. In studies with mice, fed them yogurt containing acidophilus in and at the end the cholesterol was reduced total and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Also in mice, a mixture based on acidophilus showed these to minimize the effect of radiation skin damage.

The benefits of supplementation with acidophilus may include:

  • Keep constipation and diarrhea under control.
  • Counteract the lactose intolerance associated with lactase.
  • The reduction of bad breath.
  • Reduction of internal gases.
  • Cholesterol through a normal absorption of fat in the diet.
  • Fight Candida yeast infections
  • Elimination of a series of intestinal disorders.
  • Prevention of pollution by intestinal infectious diseases
  • Improvement of irritable bowel syndrome

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