August 15, 2016
By now you are probably familiar with acidophilus, if nothing else, then from celebrity endorsed probiotic yogurt commercials. That’s because this friendly strain of bacteria has made it into the big leagues of scientific and media acceptance, stemming perhaps, from the original frozen yogurt trends and public awareness about the overuse of antibiotics. Speaking of which, did you know acidophilus has been successfully used to kill MRSA?
Lactobacillus acidophilus is a probiotic, i.e., “friendly bacteria” that naturally occurs inside the human body – especially in the intestines, female reproductive system and mouth. It serves a very important purpose in keeping gut microbes in check and when you lack the bacteria, you may have uncomfortable digestive and infectious symptoms that wind you in the doctor’s office.
Fortunately, outside sources of acidophilus are readily available from food and supplements to help restore a gut balance, especially from the likes of Candida albicans overgrowth – a yeast that grows out of control when antibiotics and other substances disrupt or wipe out the balance of the microbes like acidophilus that keep Candida safe within the gut.
Once again, we are providing only those claims of acidophilus backed by research, not anecdotal or internet rehashings.
Top 18 Things Amazingly Treated By Acidophilus (give or take!)
Cholesterol – a combination of lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidum decreased serum total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and HDL cholesterol levels in hypercholesterolemic patients over a period of six weeks.
Allergies – subjects who were given acidophilus showed statistically significant improvement in their allergy symptoms both in their nose and eyes.
Diarrhea as a result of antibiotics – research is showing a proprietary blend of probiotics that included lactobacillus acidophilus was shown to be effective for reducing the risk of AAD as well as CDAD which is clostridium difficile associated diarrhea in patients who have been hospitalized and on antibiotics. They used 100 billion CFU, the most effective dose for that issue.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – four weeks of treatment with acidophilus reduced the amount of pain and discomfort. There was a significant reduction in abdominal pain and discomfort.
Eczema – acidophilus is an effective approach in preventing eczema in infants in the first year of life.
MRSA Antibacterial Activity – After the direct application of L. Acidophilus to methicillin-resistant staphylcoccus aurus (MRSA) a multi-drug resistant bacteria, 99% of the bacteria were eliminated within 24 hours.
Candida – Acidophilus inhibits the growth of Candida, cell-adhesion and filamentation, presenting it as an effective adjunctive therapeutic modality against mucosal Candida infections.
Breast Tumors – Acidophilus can affect breast tumors by the maturation of immune cells. A study showed that acidophilus helped decrease the growth rate of breast tumors in mice.
Acne – Research has suggested that the intestinal microflora has a lot to do with acne vulgaris. Thus, giving acidophilus which increases gut bacteria, has been shown to improve acne. They say that this is part of the gut-brain-skin axis.
Necrotizing enterocolitis – is a grievous problem seen a lot in premie babies and is when a flesh-eating bacteria affects the tissue of lining of the bowel. A supplement that contained acidophilus and fed enterally with breast milk reduces the incidence and severity of NAC in very low birth weight infants.
For the cold and flu-like illnesses – a number of probiotics have this effect, but acidophilus has this effect individually. Daily probiotic supplementation for six mounts was a safe and effective way to reduce frequency and duration of cold and flu-like illnesses.
Vernal keratoconjunctivitis – an inflammation of conjunctiva. Research demonstrated that a one-month treatment of Lactobacillus acidophilus eye drops improves the symptoms and signs of the disease.
Gut Flora – In a study conducted in pre-term infants, babies treated with probiotics including acidophilus showed improved feeding tolerance and the colonization of acidophilus in the intestinal tract.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Research does suggest that there is a valuable, therapeutic role of acidophilus in treating CFS.
Functional abdominal pain – Because of the way acidophilus “modulates MU-opioid receptor expression and activity, probiotics may be helpful in modulating pain sensation in humans.” This suggests that acidophilus balance in the gut helps with your body’s natural feel good chemicals.
Athletic Fatigue + Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) – After being given daily capsules of acidophilus for one month, secretion of IFNgamma from T-cells had significantly increased from levels found in over-trained athletes to those found in healthy control athletes.
Weight gain – While some Lactobacillus species causes weight loss, lactobacillus acidophilus actually causes weight gain in humans and animals. This is very useful for those in various types of recovery.
It is suggested that if you have allergies to acidophilus or excess stomach gas –href=”http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-8073/acidophilus-oral/details#side-effects” target=”_blank”>the main side effect- to consider not taking this supplement. Always consult with your preferred healthcare practitioner before starting supplementation and do not self-diagnose.
Has this probiotic improved your health issues in any way? Sound off below and share!
DISCLAIMER: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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Heather Callaghan is an independent researcher, natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at NaturalBlaze.com. Like at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom,7 Real Conspiracies,Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria,and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 600 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.