Acidophilus Facts & Benefits
Acidophilus is the most researched and proven probiotic known to scientists. L. Acidophilus bacteria were first isolated in the 1890′s by the Nobel Prize winner Llya Metchnikoff. Since then thousands of research studies have proven that Lactobacillus acidophilus is vital to human health.
Acidophilus’s Digestive Benefits
The first research by the Russian Llya Metchnikoff showed that Acidophilus played an important role in our digestion. Research in recent decades has confirmed that supplementing with acidophilus can treat helps our digestion and also treats diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), leaky gut syndrome and reduces lactose intolerance and increases our absorption of calcium, B vitamins and can even improve appetite.
I know that sounds hard to believe, but you can check the 41 references (see below) that prove all the digestive benefits that L. Acidophilus has! You won’t be surprised to learn acidophilus bacteria also help fight allergies & enemy bacteria. Just read below.
You won’t be surprised to learn acidophilus bacteria also help fight allergies & enemy bacteria. Just read below.
Acidophilus’s Anti-Allergy & Immunity Benefits
In addition to Lactobacillus Acidophilus’s digestive benefits, numerous research studies also show that it enhances immunity and decreases allergies.
A study from Japan’s Dr. Ishida proved that a strain of L. acidophilus in fermented milk helped the patients greatly reduce their symptoms of allergenic rhinitis. Numerous other clinical studies also support that acidophilus supplementation is linked to a reduction of allergy symptoms.
Interesting Facts On Acidophilus
- one of the main residents of the gut
- most familiar and studied probiotic (by far)
- also found in the mouth and vagina
- produce antibiotic substances such as acidolin, acidophillin, lactobacillin, lactocin and others
- help balance the pH of upper intestinal track (this may help reduce heartburn symptoms)
- Discovered by Nobel Prize winner Llya Metchnikoff
- Strong against Candida Albicans infections
- fights ulcers, salmonella, Staph infections, E. Coli
- increases lactose absorption
- prevents urinary tract infections
- prevents diarrhea
- increases nutrient absorption
- helps repair leaky gut
- there is evidence that people poorly colonized with L. Acidophilus don’t digest milk as well as those who have well developed L. Acidophilus colonies
The list of below benefits come from the many studies we have read & Dr. Casey Adams’s probiotics book.
Researched Benefits of L. Acidophilus
- Improve Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
- increase HDL-cholesterol (good)
- lower (bad) LDL cholesterol
- lower total cholesterol
- lower blood pressure
- lower triglycerides
- Help Digestive Conditions
- reduce (too many bad digestive bacteria) dyspepsia
- decrease stress-related digestive problems
- relieve/prevent antibiotic-related diarrhea
- relieve/prevent ulcerative colitis
- decrease leaky gut symptoms
- relieve/prevent acute diarrhea
- decrease lactose intolerance
- relieve/prevent IBS
- Improvement of Infant Conditions
- increase preterm infants weight gain
- prevent diarrhea in infants
- Fight Viral, Bacterial & Fungal Infections
- fight viruses with targeted antibodies
- prevent/fight respiratory infections
- reduce/prevent H. pylori (ulcers)
- prevent/treat vaginosis/vaginitis
- enhance vaccine effectiveness
- fight Cadida overgrowths
- prevent E. coli infection
- prevent tonsillitis
- fight pink-eye
- Nutritional Benefits
- produce B vitamins and other some nutrients
- enhance calcium absorption
- improve appetite
- Reduce Allergy Severity
- decrease allergy symptoms
- Fight Other Chronic Conditions
- decrease chance of kidney stones
- reduce anemia
Acidophilus Side Effects
While the side effects of supplementing acidophilus are minor, here is the full list of potential adverse effects.
Top Supplements Containing Acidophilus Probiotics
I’ve taken many acidophilus supplements and here are my two favorites:
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