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Lactobacillus Acidophilus is a Gram-positive bacterium also commonly known as “lactobacillus acidophilus” or simply as “Acidophilus”, which occurs naturally in our intestines. Lactobacillus Acidophilus is the most important “friendly” bacterium in the small intestine and promotes the ideal environment for the proper digestion and assimilation of food. The scientific literature relating to it has shown that it performs many other important functions for the normal physiology of the organism. Unfortunately, nowadays, due to the fact that food has become of poorer quality and is subject artificial processing, pollution, stress and frequent, ill-advised antibiotic therapies, the majority of people have a scarce presence of “friendly” bacteria” in the intestine. Therefore a “live” bacteria supplement of Lactobacillus Acidophilus is often very important nowadays, not only to prevent the onset of intestinal diseases, but also to overcome dysbiosis (“alteration to the balance of bacterial flora”) and return that fundamental defensive function to the whole body.
Lactobacillus acidophilus belongs to a group of bacteria that are called lactic acid bacteria (or lactobacilli) due to their ability to transform sugars into lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide, which are those substances that inhibit the growth of undesirable bacteria in the intestine. Lactobacillus is commonly used by the dairy industry to produce yogurt and cheese (although today it is always found in very low quantities), and we find it widely used in probiotic products, dietary products and even in medicines.
Lactobacillus Acidophilus has numerous beneficial properties, based on extensive literature and documented research published in the most accredited scientific journals. It is considered the most well-known probiotic “friend” of the intestine, since it inhibits the production of other microorganisms and promotes the elimination of many toxins produced by proteolytic bacteria, and is fundamental for the synthesis of vitamin B at the intestinal level.
Taking Acidophilus is associated with improving digestion and absorption and preventing the formation of gas, flatulence and bloating after meals. In this regard, it favours the production of enzymes such as proteases and lipases that help the digestion of proteins and fats. One of its characteristic features is to help reduce lactose intolerance caused by the deficiency of the lactase enzyme, as it produces this enzyme itself. It helps to reduce lactose intolerance caused by the deficiency of the lactase enzyme, producing itself significant amounts of the enzyme and thus helping to more fully digest lactose, thereby reducing the possibility of bad breath, bloating, flatulence, cramping and gastric disorders. It is known for “rebalancing” the gastrointestinal system and its support reduces episodes of diarrhea and helps improve constipation. With regard to “female reproductive system” disorders, its use is related to the prevention of and protection against urinary and vaginal infections such as vaginitis or candidiasis. It has emerged that its activities include improving calcium metabolism and helping to combat osteoporosis.
Recent studies are correlating the activity of probiotics to other situations not directly related to immune activity or more closely related to the gastrointestinal tract, and are pointing out that probiotics could help reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol, where lactobacillus acidophilus seems to be one of the most effective. For example, in a report published in the 2015 Annals of Medicine, the researchers reviewed previously published studies on the effects of probiotics on lipids and risk factors for cardiovascular disease, in which probiotics were found to be effective in reducing total levels of cholesterol and those of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and the risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases (such as body mass index, waist circumference, and inflammation markers). Speaking of lactobacillus acidophilus in particular, a more significant reduction in LDL levels was found compared to those due to other probiotics. In addition, other interesting fields of use have emerged, for example in dermatology, where it is noted that improving the gastrointestinal microbial balance, leads to real benefits in alleviating dermatitis and in helping to solve other skin problems.