Lactobacillus Acidophilus

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Form: Healthy bacteria

Food source: Sourdough breads, fermented foods like miso, kimchi and sauerkraut. Often added to yoghurts and other dairy products.

Benefits of Lactobacillus Acidophilus

  • Gut health
  • Relieves cramps
  • Relieves bloating
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Mental performance
  • Vaginal health

      What is Lactobacillus Acidophilus? 

      Living in our guts are thousands of species of bacteria - in the colon alone there are thought to be between 300 and 1000 different species. This is known as the ‘gut microbiome’. These ‘good’ bacteria are called ‘probiotics’ and one of the most significant probiotics is the Lactobacillus strain. 

      Lactobacillus acidophilus is one of the most researched strains and one of the earliest to be discovered in the Lactobacillus family. Studies show that it plays a valuable role in lowering cholesterol, helping to prevent infections and contributes to antibiotic production. It also helps our digestive system break down sugars, such as lactose, into Lactic Acid, contributing to a smooth digestion process and the regulation of bowel movements. Research has found that using Lactobacillus acidophilus alongside other strains of the Lactobacillus family can relieve IBS symptoms such as bloating and cramps. 

      In our latest research on gut health, we found 46% of people regularly suffer from symptoms of poor gut health and digestion. You may be interested in learning the difference between IBD and IBS. Discover the ‘Common & unusual symptoms of IBS’ and the ‘Best probiotics for IBS’.

      In women, the vaginal microbiome is made up of a range of microorganisms that contribute to vaginal health. Lactobacillus acidophilus is one of these ‘good’ bacteria that keep other pathogenic species in check. This is why it could help to treat issues such as bacterial vaginosis, a condition defined by having too many harmful bacteria in the vaginal microbiome. Learn ‘What is vaginal atrophy?’.

      Lactobacillus acidophilus is a crucial part of the gut microbiome, but it’s important to remember that the relationship is a mutual one - in order for this bacteria to provide us with health benefits, it needs to be thriving and healthy itself. Probiotics require fibrous prebiotics as their food, so we need to consume prebiotics in our diet for probiotics to do their job. One of the most important prebiotics is Inulin, which can be found in a range of fruit and vegetables.

      You may also enjoy reading ‘Why you should improve your gut health’ and ‘How to Look After Your Gut Through Your Diet’.