Beneficial bacteria, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum, are called probiotics.
Probiotic bacteria favorably alter the intestinal microflora balance, inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, promote good digestion, boost immune function, and increase overall resistance to infection.
People with flourishing intestinal colonies of beneficial bacteria are better equipped to fight the growth of disease-causing bacteria.
Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria maintain a healthy balance of intestinal flora by producing organic compounds such as lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and acetic acid that increase the acidity of the intestine and inhibit the reproduction of many harmful bacteria.
Probiotic bacteria also produce substances called bacteriocins, which act as natural antibiotics to kill undesirable microorganisms.
Regular ingestion of probiotic bacteria, particularly Lactobacillus Acidophilus, may help in the overgrowth of candida albicans.
A review of the research concluded that both topical and oral use of acidophilus can prevent yeast infection caused by candida overgrowth.
Lactobacillus can help in keeping constipation and diarrhea under control. Diarrhea flushes intestinal microorganisms out of the gastrointestinal tract, leaving the body vulnerable to opportunistic infections.
Replenishing the beneficial bacteria with probiotic supplements can help prevent new infections.
The incidence of “traveler’s diarrhea,” caused by pathogenic bacteria in drinking water or undercooked foods, can be reduced by the preventive use of probiotics.
Probiotics are important in recolonizing the intestine during and after antibiotic use.
Probiotic supplements replenish the beneficial bacteria, helping to boost the body's immune response, particularly after antibiotic use.
Regular consumption of Lactobacillus Acidophilus can restore the body's natural resistance to harmful internal parasites, can reduce bad breath by internally cleansing, can result in a reduction of internal gas, and can help reduce cholesterol by promoting normal absorption of dietary fats.
Regular consumption of Lactobacillus Acidophilus can help to prevent intenstinal contamination, and promotes overall good health.