Veterinarian Reviewed on June 20, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Bifidobacterium bifidum, which is also called B. bifidum, is actually a bacteria strain which is naturally found in the gut of a healthy human being. It is just one of the many “good bacteria” strains that can help keep the population of harmful bacteria, yeast, fungus and toxins down. Good bacteria colonies are naturally present in the female genitalia as well.
The use of live strains of Bifidobacterium bifidum in milk products and in food has been a thriving business for many years since there have been many studies regarding the many therapeutic benefits of live good bacterial strains to a person’s overall health.
History and Origin
The benefit of good bacteria to health is called Probiotics. This was discovered later in the 21st century with many milk products, dairy products such as cheeses and yoghurts and milk drinks which are now fortified with live cultures of good bacteria to keep harmful organisms at bay and to promote a healthier digestive system as well.
The benefits of good bacteria during the ancient times was unheard of and to keep a person’s gastrointestinal system healthy and to promote wellness ancient civilizations focused on eating the right foods and also used a variety of herbal remedies and treatments for any illnesses or diseases that they experienced.
In today’s more modern world, the use of Bifidobacterium bifidum, along with many other beneficial bacteria to promote health, is very much embraced. A healthy gut can ensure effective nutrient absorption in food. Energy from food is easily transformed for use by the different bodily systems with the help of beneficial bacteria just like Bifidobacterium bifidum. With a healthy colon, yeast infections like Candida albicans is also less likely to occur.
Beneficial bacteria consumption through the method of probiotics also increases the immune system. It also aids in digestion, plus it stops the production of histamine that is responsible for the body’s many allergic reactions. It may benefit people with asthma, eczema, hay fever and many other illnesses associated with allergies.
There have been studies regarding the ability of Bifidobacterium bifidum to restore the normal flora of the bowels and improve liver function after liver injury. People with liver cirrhosis due to chronic consumption of alcohol can very much benefit from good bacteria as well.
Bifidobacterium bifidum is present in breast milk, therefore breast milk is the best milk for babies. Studies have shown that children who were breastfed had higher IQ and EQ scores plus had few illnesses when they were infants. Babies who breastfeed are less likely to have diarrhea, bloating, gas and infections of the gastrointestinal tract.
There are absolutely no side effects of taking supplements with Bifidobacterium bifidum or eating food and drinking milk products fortified with Bifidobacterium bifidum. It can be taken even by pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
It is encouraged by experts for mothers to breastfeed their babies to build up their immune system and to develop a healthier gastrointestinal tract. Bifidobacterium bifidum in breast milk definitely aids in preventing diarrhea and many other illnesses as well. Consult your doctor if you wish to use a breast milk substitute for your child to be able to prescribe the most appropriate brand.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan