Lactobacillus acidophilus (or L. acidophilus) resides naturally in our gut and is a lactic acid producing bacteria. The strain has undergone extensive studies, which have linked it to a number of health benefits. Many health professionals now recommend taking a supplement of the bacteria to make sure we retain a viable population in our bodies, particularly for people with poor diet comprised mainly of highly processed and sterilized foods or a stressful lifestyle. In addition, many people choose to take an acidophilus supplement during and after a course of antibiotics. The following are some of the health benefits that have been associated with Lactobacillus Acidolphus.
Management of diarrhea – According to scientific research, a number of lactic acid bacteria, including L. acidophilus, are able to assist in the management of diarrhea, in both children and adults. Specifically they have been linked to improvements in travelers (infectious) diarrhea and antibiotics associated diarrhea.
Lowering cholesterol – The evidence linking L. acidophilus to lowering cholesterol levels is not completely conclusive, though certain studies show that it can help reduce both levels of total cholesterol in the blood, as well as low density lipoprotein (or bad cholesterol).
Bowel and gut inflammations – Some studies involving children and infants have shown that L. acidophilus, when taken in blended form with other probiotics, can reduce the incidence of severe inflammation in the gut. Probiotics may also improve irritable bowel symptoms.
Bacterial vaginosis – There are several scientific research papers that report that L. acidophilus may help manage bacterial vaginosis. For those suffering the disorder the application of the probiotic is best performed via a vaginal suppository. Others indicate that eating yogurts enriched with the bacteria can also be beneficial. The bacteria may also help to get rid of yeast infections caused by a Candida overgrowth in both the gut and the vagina.