Bifidobacterium Bifidum. Try Saying That Fast.
By now I think most people are familiar enough with probiotics, that hearing a name like Bifidobacterium bifidum isn’t as confusing as it once might have been.
We even give them nicknames, like B. bifidum. Much easier to pronounce.
Probiotics are a large group of bacteria said to have a positive impact on gut health, and therefore support the immune system. Many controversial claims center around the notion that all strains of bacteria are similar and have a similar benefit.
This is simply not the case, and many of the strains purported to have healthful effects have not yet been studied sufficiently.
Bifidobacterium, on the other hand, is very well studied and carries a lot of credibility when it comes to assisting with issues in the gut such as inflammation, allergies and the immune system.
If we’re born without surgical intervention, our first exposure to Bifidobacterium bifidum is when It’s transmitted from mother to baby via the birth canal, then via breast milk.
We’re coming to understand more and more that this early exposure to good bacteria is the very start of the process of colonizing a child’s gut with beneficial microorganisms.
Although a complex process, it happens rapidly during the first few weeks of life, with levels of bifidobacteria in the gut gradually declining with age.
Bifidobacterium bifidum is one of the most common probiotic bacteria found in the human body. It’s also found in fermented foods like yogurt and cheese, though aside from that, it is not found anywhere else in the diet. This is why we’ve included it in Athletic Greens.
Bifidobacteria were first discovered by Tissier in 1899, who isolated these gram-positive microorganisms from fecal samples of breast-fed infants.
For most of the 20th century, they were considered part of the same genus as Lactobacillus, but in 1974, were found to be totally different.
Fun fact: In 1907, Elie Metchnikoff (from the Pasteur Institute) hypothesized that Bulgarian peasants lived long, healthy lives thanks to their consumption of fermented milk products.
The Many Benefits Of Bifidobacterium Bifidum
Bifidobacterium bifidum may offer a range of beneficial effects, many of which are not yet fully understood by science. These include:
✔ Combatting gut pathogens
Various strains of Bifidobacterium bifidum offer antibacterial activity against pathogens such as Helicobacter pylori - the bacteria discovered in 1982 as the cause of many gastric ulcers.
✔ Improving the health of premature babies
Bifidobacterium bifidum has positive outcomes for neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), one of the chief causes of death in premature babies.
✔ Metabolising carbohydrates
Bifidobacterium bifidum has the ability to breakdown carbohydrates that escape digestion in the upper small intestine.
✔ Producing short chain fatty acids (SCFAs)
Bifidobacterium bifidum (and other probiotic bacteria) produce SCFAs from non-digestible carbohydrates in the colon.
These SCFAs may reduce inflammation, prevent and treat bowel disorders and exert anticancer effects.
✔ Immune function
Members of the Bifidobacterium bifidum species may play an important role in the evolution and maturation of the immune system of the host.
✔ Decreasing inflammation
Beneficial bacteria may influence the secretion of inflammatory compounds, particularly in association with chronic bowel dysfunctions.
✔ Decreasing the risk of childhood eczema
Mothers given Bifidobacterium bifidum before and after birth had babies with a lower likelihood of developing childhood eczema.
✔ Managing allergic reactions
Bifidobacterium bifidum may suppress immunoglobulin E, antibodies associated with the allergic response.
Conditions Bifidobacterium Bifidum May Help With
Given the many benefits listed above, it’s no wonder the list of conditions these apply to is quite extensive:
→ Diarrhea (including travelers diarrhea and in infants)
→ Ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel disorders
→ IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
→ Lung infections
→ Skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema
→ High cholesterol
→ Common cold and flu
→ Lactose intolerance
→ Lyme disease
→ To minimise side effects of antibiotic therapy
→ Repopulating the gut after antibiotics, surgery or chemotherapy
How To Take Bifidobacterium bifidum
If you’ve ever searched for a probiotic supplement, you’ll know the dosage information can get quite confusing.
Not only do you have to figure out how many to take each day, you need to compare the potency of each product.
So here is some specific information to help you out…
Dosages range from 1 - 100 billion CFUs (colony forming units), usually in combination with other beneficial bacterial strains. These will be listed on the product label.
For IBS, 1 billion CFUs daily is recommended.
For treatment of gut infections such as H.Pylori, 5 billion CFUs daily is recommended.
For constipation, ulcerative colitis and other acute inflammatory states, up to 600 billion CFUs (as a short term therapy) is recommended.
Those who are pregnant, breastfeeding or in immunosuppressed states should exercise caution in taking Bifidobacterium bifidum (due to the lack of evidence for or against).
There are no known pharmaceutical interactions, but therapeutic effects may be negated if taken alongside antibiotics, as antibiotics do not just target ‘bad’ bacteria.
You can take probiotics and hope for the best, but if you want maximum benefits, you should also up your intake of prebiotics.
Prebiotics are basically food for probiotics, so ensuring your diet contains prebiotics gives any probiotics the best chance of multiplying.
We took care of this in the Athletic Greens formula by including the beneficial bacteria Bifidobacterium bifidum and Lactobacillus, as well as prebiotics FOS (Fructooligosaccharides) and beta glucans (fiber).
In order to make Athletic Greens suitable for everyone on any special diet, we use non-dairy probiotics, freeze dried, so they’re in top shape right up until your monthly delivery arrives at your door.
Like most probiotics, we also recommend you refrigerate Athletic Greens after you open it.
After all, one packet lasts a whole month and we want to make those good guys stay in a state that will give you the biggest health boost.
Let me run those benefits by you again.
Bifidobacterium bifidum supplementation is well supported for children’s gut health, conditions of the colon, as well as the treatment of diarrhea in both infants and adults.
It’s also an excellent weapon for combatting nasty pathogens your gut is exposed to every day.
Excitingly, further research is emerging to suggest a role in metabolism, inflammation, and immune function - including allergies.
I like to think of it this way - you can’t avoid the germs in your environment, so you sure as heck want to be balancing them out with plenty of good bacteria.