Lactobacillus Acidophilus Probiotics. One Of The Good Guys.
Of all the probiotics, the Lactobacillus acidophilus probiotic is probably the most well known.
This is in part thanks to big ad campaigns by probiotic manufacturers. Many people have heard the word “acidophilus” and may associate it with gut health or digestion. Even more likely is an association with yoghurt and other fermented foods.
In fact, I’d be willing to bet that a lot of people eat yoghurt for this very reason - the presence of the Lactobacillus acidophilus probiotics. And that can be a good thing, as long as you steer clear of flavoured, sugar-laden brands and stick to natural, unsweetened yoghurt.
And as I’ve said many times - everything in moderation!
I’m always happy when any health trend raises the general awareness of beneficial products, and gut health is at the core of ALL health.
What I really want is for everyone to understand why these products are beneficial, so we all know how to integrate them into our diet.
So let’s get down to business…
The Lactobacillus acidophilus probiotic (or L. acidophilus) is a type of beneficial bacteria that lives in the human small intestine, vagina and mouth. It ferments sugars into lactic acid, and in doing so, prevents disease-causing (or pathogenic) bacteria from adhering to mucous membranes like the intestinal wall and urethra.
The hydrogen peroxide formed when Lactobacillus acidophilus breaks down food in the intestine, also creates an unfriendly environment for ‘bad’ bacteria.
Fun fact: The term ‘probiotic’ means ‘for-life’ in Latin. The name ‘Lactobacillus acidophilus’ means 'acid-loving milk-bacterium'. In this case loving acid is a good thing!
What A Good Lactobacillus Acidophilus Probiotic Will Do For You
Lactobacillus acidophilus is a friend to your digestive system!
Like many beneficial microorganisms, Lactobacillus acidophilus probiotics help in the breakdown of food in the small intestine and play an important role in extracting adequate nutrition from what we eat.
Namely, this probiotic has a crucial role in the production of vitamin K, which is essential for blood-clotting, bone health and the prevention of heart disease.
Think of Lactobacillus acidophilus probiotics for:
✔ Preventing and treating diarrhea
✔ Out-competing pathogens like Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella, Candida albicans and Helicobacter pylori.
✔ Reducing symptoms of lactose intolerance
✔ Improving digestion
✔ The production of vitamin K
✔ Decreasing symptoms of ulcerative colitis (a form of IBD)
✔ Reducing gastrointestinal pain in IBS
Possible benefits of Lactobacillus acidophilus probiotic supplementation:
→ Decreased cholesterol
Certain strains of Lactobacillus acidophilus may act on cholesterol in the gut and reduce total cholesterol levels.
→ Preventing and treating urinary tract infections
By preventing the adhesion of pathogenic bacteria like E.coli in the urinary tract, Lactobacillus acidophilus may protect against infection.
→ Enhanced immune function
Probiotics may affect and enhance immune function in many - and not yet completely understood - ways. These include decreased inflammation, decreased hypersensitivity reactions and protection from pathogenic agents.
Getting The Most From Your Lactobacillus Acidophilus Probiotic
For initial treatment of diarrhea or infection, higher doses (at least two hours before or after taking antibiotics) are indicated.
I want to elaborate here. More people are becoming aware that it is wise to take a probiotic when coming off antibiotics. This can be an essential part of a speedy recovery, as a good probiotic can replenish the good bacteria stripped from the gut due to antibiotic use.
Antibiotics do not differentiate between ‘friendly’ bacteria and ‘unfriendly’ bacteria.
Fortunately, the practice of combining antibiotic and probiotic treatment is becoming a more common recommendation in health stores, and among some doctors and medical institutions. We can only hope this trend continues.
For more general maintenance, take at least 10 billion CFU's (colony forming units) per day, in divided doses, first thing in the morning and before you go to bed.
Lactobacillus acidophilus probiotics are generally considered safe for use in pregnancy or breastfeeding. Common side effects (usually at higher doses) may include bloating, discomfort and gas. If you experience these, reduce the dose and work back up slowly.
Lactobacillus acidophilus works well with Bifidobacterium bifidum and inulin, both of which have been included in the Athletic Greens formula. It can also work well with ginger, for both improving digestion and killing pathogens.
Lactobacillus acidophilus probiotics can help increase the absorption of vitamin K, which in turn helps with better vitamin D absorption. For this reason, we also recommend the Athletic Greens D3/K2 product as an excellent companion for our core Athletic Greens formula.
In order to get the most from your probiotic, you should consider upping your intake of prebiotics. Prebiotics are soluble fiber that help probiotics thrive in the intestine. They are basically food for probiotics, allowing them 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.
These days there are plenty of things that can mess with good gut health. Those we are aware of, like antibiotic use and a poor diet, plus other external influences, including toxins in our environment.
Maintaining gut health and a strong immune system is an ongoing daily effort and unless you’re eating a lot of fermented foods, the chances are you could do with some more Lactobacillus acidophilus.
That’s why we included it in Athletic Greens, to make it easy to get your daily dose, in less than 30 seconds per day.
In more good news, the effects of Lactobacillus acidophilus probiotics can be reasonably fast for digestive issues, bloating and diarrhea, so there’s no need to wait to feel the benefits.
But as with most good things, the longer you stick at it, the more benefits you receive - like disease prevention and skin improvement.
So don’t just dabble in probiotics, do your research, find a high quality, well-studied product, and put in the long term effort. You won’t regret it.