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There are multiple beneficial bacteria in our digestive system. Lactobacillus acidophilus is happens to be one of the bacteria present in our intestine and plays an important role in our health. This bacterium produces lactic acid with the aid of an enzyme called lactase that breaks down lactose and this is a sugar found in milk. It is often used as probiotics this is a live microorganism which, when administrated in adequate amounts confer a health on the host (Hill et.al, 2014). Studies have proven that a L. acidophilus happens to be a probiotic and research has proven that it has some health benefits. However, there are many strains of this L. acidophilus, they each have different effect on your body (Ljungh et.al, 2006). The benefits of the bacterium are:
It can help reduce cholesterol level if consumed as a supplement, in dairy products or with other probiotics.
It can reduce or prevent chances of having diarrhea if taken with other probiotics.
It helps stops symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome(IBS) example abdominal pain and bloating.
It helps stops vaginal infections such as vaginosis and vulvovaginal candidiasis because it is a probiotic supplement.
Probiotics are known to contribute for weight loss, although more research still needs to be conducted to determine whether L. acidophilus, contributes to weight loss in humans.
It can help reduces the chances of catching flue or cold especially in children.
It can help with allergies since probiotic are able to prevent allergies.
It can help reduce chances of eczema.
It provides support to the guts by fluctuating the number of healthy bacteria in human’s intestines.
L. acidophilus is a normal bacterium that can be a supplement particularly found in fermented foods. Just like any beneficial bacteria when in large quantities it can be pathogenic to host.
Hill, K., Guarner, F., Reid, G., Gibison, G.R., Merentein D.J., Pot, B., Canani R.B., Flint, H.J., Salminen, S., Calder P.C. and Sanders, M.F. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2014 Aug; 11(8): 506-14.
Ljungh, A. and Wastrom, T. Curr. Issues Intest Microbiol. 2006; 7(2):73-89.