Lactobacillus acidophilus is one of the most widely researched of all probiotic bacteria in relation to human health. It is a natural inhabitant of the small intestine, upper part of the colon, the mouth and the vagina. Lactic bacteria converts sugars into lactic acid, which keeps the system slightly acidic and has the potential to inhibit the growth of pathogenic organisms, such as Candida albicans.
What it does
- Balance of beneficial bacteria: A healthy gut will comprise up to 1 kg of beneficial bacteria. They feed on indigestible fibres and in doing so provide energy, immune compounds and a healthy intestinal environment. Supplementation with probiotics can promote a healthy intestinal environment and limit the proliferation of ‘bad’ bacteria can lead to a number of digestive conditions.
- Digestive Function:
Lactobacilli bacteria have the ability to break down proteins and fats into their component parts, as well as lactose, the sugar found in dairy products. This can be helpful in people who lack the lactase enzyme and suffer from lactose intolerance.
- Control of harmful bacteria and Candida: Probiotics are able to produce various organic acids. These acids have the effect of increasing the acidity of the intestines and making the environment inhospitable for pathogenic bacteria, parasites and yeasts.
- Counteracts the effects of antibiotics: Antibiotic medication is non-discriminatory in that it eradicates all bacteria in the system, both good and bad. Probiotics will re-populate the gut with the correct bacteria and restore the correct PH balance.
|Diverticulitis||Candida||Flatulence & bloating|
|Indigestion||Intestinal dysbiosis||Coeliac disease|
|Food allergy||Hayfever||Eczema & dermatitis|
Acidophilus and other probiotic bacteria such as bifidus are often depleted in the body by poor diet, after diarrhoea or taking anti-biotics.
It can be useful to take acidophilus when travelling abroad to reduce the risk of upset stomach or digestive problems.
Sources of Acidophilus
Most good supplements contain at least a billion active cells per capsule and will contain FOS (fructo-oligosaccarides which is a food for the bacteria, encouraging them to spread more quickly and rebalance the body.
Pro-biotic yogurts and yogurt drinks, whilst containing some good bacteria cannot compete with a good quality supplement in being able to deliver a therapeutic effect.
Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using acidophilus.
At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with acidophilus.