Lactobacillus Acidophilus Key Benefits And Side-Effects 

The Lactobacillus family of probiotic strain is often considered the most popular, whether it comes to increasing the intake of healthy bacterium species through food or supplements.

There are several bacteria that fall under the Lactobacillus family. L. Acidophilus is one particular bacteria that holds several potential benefits. 

L. Acidophilus is also called Lactobacillus acidophilus. The bacteria are naturally found in the human body and plays a role in the breakdown process of sugar. This particular bacterium also helps the body process lactose, an ingredient in milk that some people experience intolerance to. 

AT A GLANCE: In this article we take a look at the benefits of Lactobacillus acidophilus and the side-effects you should take into consideration. 

What Are The Benefits Of L. Acidophilus?

Lactobacillus acidophilus is a heavily researched strain of Lactobacillus bacteria. There are many studies that show the potential benefits that you may be able to experience if you decide to consume more of this particular bacteria. It is possible to obtain more L. Acidophilus through food. You can also decide to take a supplement that has this particular probiotic strain added to its formula. 

Let’s take a closer look at the potential benefits that you may achieve with Acidophilus:

  • The bacteria may help to reduce LDL cholesterol in your body. At the same time, levels of HDL cholesterol might increase. This is good for heart health. The effect may also help to reduce your risk of having a heart attack or suffering from a stroke. Taking an L.Acidophilus supplement for just six weeks already offers a significant improvement in cholesterol levels. 
  • The bacteria have also shown promising results in people with irritable bowel syndrome. One study found that a daily supplement containing L.Acidophilus for just one month helps to provide a significant improvement in bloating among people with irritable bowel syndrome. Improvements may also be seen.
  • There is some evidence that this bacterium strain could assist with weight loss too. 
  • L.Acidophilus could also strengthen the immune system and reduce the severity of symptoms associated with flu. 

Possible Side-Effects Of Lactobacillus Acidophilus

Some people who take a supplement that contain Lactobacillus Acidophilus could potentially experience some side-effects. These side-effects will usually only last for a few days to a week or two. Once the body is accustomed to the bacteria, the side-effects go away, and you will be able to experience the benefits. 

The side-effects that you might experience with Lactobacillus Acidophilus include:

  • Intestinal gas
  • Bloating

If you have one of the following conditions, be sure to speak to your doctor before using a supplement that contains L.Acidophilus:

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Short bowel syndrome
  • A weakened immune system
  • Damaged heart valves

Conclusion

L. Acidophilus, or Lactobacillus acidophilus, have been shown to yield several benefits for the body. It assists with the breakdown of lactose and sugars and may be beneficial for certain digestive problems. The bacterium strain can be found in yogurt, as well as other fermented foods. In addition to considering the health benefits, you also need to take a closer look at the potential side-effects you could experience when increasing your intake of L. Acidophilus. 

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26512560
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  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22634320
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19651563
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Dr. Ahmed Zayed holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, Dr. Ahmed spends his time outside the hospital, either reading or at the gym.

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