Veterinarian Reviewed on June 20, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Lactobacillus bulgaricus, previously classified as Lactobacillus delbrueckii subspecies bulgaricus; is a beneficial bacterium that is primarily used in the proper manufacturing of yoghurt and cheeses. It can be found in products that are naturally fermented. It is a rod shaped Gram-positive bacteria that requires a low pH level to grow and flourish effectively.
Lactobacillus bulgaricus is used together with Streptococcus thermophilus for making yoghurt. It is often called beneficial bacteria as it is also used to kill bad bacteria and yeast infections as well. This method is called Probiotics treatment and it is very much used in modern medicine.
History and Origin
Lactobacillus bulgaricus was first discovered by a Bulgarian doctor named Stamen Grigorov in 1905. It was a first seen as a promising way to preserve milk since it feeds on lactose that in turn produces lactic acid. A French professor, Ilya Metchnikoff, from the well known Pasteur Institute in Paris, studied the relation of longevity in Hungarians and their love of consuming yoghurt; he concluded that it was the fortified content of yoghurt that fight microbes which produce harmful toxins in the intestine.
The advantages of probiotic treatment were not heard of during the ancient times. Ancient cultures merely used a decoction of different herbs to use for many illnesses of the gastrointestinal system.
The fantastic ability of Lactobacillus bulgaricus to withstand the grueling digestive process and building colonies of good bacteria in the intestines is why it is utilized in probiotic treatments today. Lactobacillus bulgaricus actually has the ability to help keep bad bacteria, viruses, fungus, yeast and other toxins at bay and ultimately promotes much better digestion and nutrient absorption by the digestive tract.
Lactobacillus bulgaricus also has the unique ability to produce antibiotics and it can live in your digestive tract where it works to prevent food borne diseases and digestive tract infections from occuring. In people who are on a diet, detoxification of the entire body starts with colon cleansing. Colon cleansing products have fiber that sweeps the colon clean from toxins and bacteria; after this process, a good supply of Lactobacillus bulgaricus is often the next step to making the gastrointestinal tract healthy again, plus it also aids in the absorption of nutrients as well.
There are many dairy products that contain Lactobacillus bulgaricus and strains of Lactobacillus Acidophilus; yoghurt, cheeses, milk products and milk drinks are stepping ahead above all the other food groups as a way to have a healthier digestive system.
There are no significant side effects when you take in milk products fortified with Lactobacillus bulgaricus. Even pregnant and breastfeeding mothers can benefit from the health giving goodness of milk drinks and yoghurt with live strains of this good bacteria.
Although some people experience stomach pain and gas production after drinking or eating yoghurt with strains of this good bacteria, these minor side effects may just go away on their own through regular daily intake of food or drinks with Lactobacillus bulgaricus.
It is advised to seek expert advice in dieting, complete body detoxification and the use of probiotic treatment from a medical expert or qualified herbalist to achieve desired results.
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