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Acidophilus: Friend or Foe?

Acidophilus (lactobacillus acidophilus) is a bacteria naturally found in your digestive system, urinary tract and other parts of your body. It’s a beneficial bacteria found in your intestines that helps protect against various illnesses.

It is estimated that in our gastrointestinal tract live more than 400 different kinds of bacteria. The body depends on beneficial bacteria to manufacture B vitamins as well as to produce lactase and other antibacterial substances.

According to some Scientifics, acidophilus contains bacteria that have a symbiotic, or mutually beneficial, relationship with the human stomach. Experts explain that these bacteria help break down complex food molecules and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. Acidophilus is useful for people with bacterial or digestive problems or yeast infections, as well as people on antibiotics. Products that contain acidophilus are generally known as probiotics.

Acidophilus is one of the most commonly used microorganisms, as it is thought to have various beneficial effects on human health. These advantageous effects include lowering blood cholesterol, improving gastrointestinal diseases, and reducing the risk of lactose intolerance and carcinogenicity

Acidophilus history says that years later after Louis Pasteur discovered pasteurization, the method of heating milk to kill harmful bacteria; Elie Metchnikoff researched and discovered the health-promoting capabilities of lactobacillus bacteria when he observed that people who ate yogurt tended to live longer.

Acidophilus can be used as a supplement. In addition to use as a supplement, acidophilus is found in some dairy products, such as yogurt, and is commercially added to many foods. People commonly take acidophilus to treat a type of vaginal inflammation (bacterial vaginosis) and digestive disorders, as well as to promote the growth of good bacteria.


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