Veterinarian Reviewed on June 20, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Lactobacillus acidophilus is a homofermentative species that can ferment sugars into lactic acid. This specie of bacteria favors a temperature of 37 degrees centigrade and therefore the ideal habitats are the human gastrointestinal tract, the oral cavity and in the female genitalia.
Lactobacillus acidophilus is known to have a probiotic property which simply means that it can fight harmful fungus growth and destroy harmful bacteria; this is applied in the treatment of gastrointestinal disease, fungal infections, oral thrush and many other Infections caused by the Candida albicans yeast strain. The Lactobacillus acidophilus strain is incorporated in dairy products and in yoghurt. It is combined with Lactobacillus thermophilus and Lactobacillus delbrueckii in the manufacture of yoghurt and cultured drinks.
History and Origin
The use of Lactobacillus acidophilus for yoghurt and milk products was due to the breakthrough of research regarding fighting yeast infections and fungal infections with the help of beneficial or good bacteria. Yeast and fungus are known opportunistic organisms and may thrive and grow in environments with low good bacteria population. Increasing good bacteria like Lactobacillus acidophilus is just some of the ways to control yeast issues and to keep the overall fungus population at bay.
The use of Probioitics was not utilized in ancient times, as probiotic treatment had not yet been discovered. The discovery of good bacteria and its benefits to the different systems of a person’s body only started becoming evident during the 20th century. This has since led to numerous possibilities of using probiotics to gain better health.
Lactobacillus acidophilus is known to be an effective cure for yeast infections within a person’s gastro intestinal tract, their oral cavity, as well as in both the male and female genitalia. Increasing good bacteria population is the best option when a person is immune compromised. Eating foods fortified with Lactobacillus acidophilus, such as milk, yoghurt and milky drinks can help treat yeast infections resulting from prolonged antibiotic use and in cases where a person’s immune system is at its weakest and is comprised.
Adding Lactobacillus acidophilus strains to your diet can aid digestion, ensuring more nutrients are absorbed from food and of course improve over all body functions. This can also help people who are on a diet; a healthy digestive tract can ensure more calories are burned and more nutrients are absorbed by the body.
There is a possibility that Lactobacillus acidophilus can be a promising cure for cancer and can enhance the immune system functioning of chemotherapy patients. Babies, children and adults who are lactose intolerant can drink fermented dairy products that have live strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus. This bacteria strain can prevent diarrhea, stomach pains and indigestion as a result of intolerance to lactose.
There are minor side effects upon taking dairy products fortified with Lactobacillus acidophilus. If taken for the first time, stomach pain and gas may be felt but can later be dismissed after taking these dairy products on a regular basis. There has been report of infection of the valves of the heart as a result of ingesting Lactobacillus acidophilus. People with artificial heart valves are cautioned against taking any dairy product with Lactobacillus acidophilus. Pregnant and breastfeeding women can drink products with Lactobacillus acidophilus with no side effects at all.
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