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There are multiple beneficial bacteria in the digestive system of human. Lactobacillus acidophilus is a bacterium in our intestine and plays an important role in our health. This bacterium produces lactic acid with the aid of an enzyme called lactase that breaks down lactose and this is a sugar found in milk. It is often used as probiotics this is a live microorganism which, when administrated in adequate amounts confer a health on the host (Hill et.al, 2014). Studies have proven that a L. acidophilus happens to be a probiotic and research has proven that it has some health benefits. However, there are many strains of this L. acidophilus, they each have different effect on our body (Ljungh et.al, 2006). The benefits of the bacterium are:
It is to ensure that it helps in improving blood pressure and cholesterol levels in an individual.
It can fight most infections like viral, bacterial and fungal such as virginal infections, vulvovaginal candidiasis infection, yeast infection.
It protects infants by making the condition favorable for them like it can prevent flue and colds especially in children.
It is increases the absorption of nutrients by improving the appetite and having a high supply of the required nutrients thus improving our health.
It assists in digestive tract by preventing chances of diarrhea, stabilizing the required pH in the intestine and kills pathogens.
It can withdraw allergies by minimizing the severity of allergies.
It improves immune system when consumed as a supplement with other probiotics.
It prevents and reduce chances of chronic diseases attacking.
It can be used to produce antibiotics such as acidolin, lactobaccilin and others.
It helps improve digestive condition.
L. acidophilus bacterium can be a supplement particularly present fermented food. Just like any bacteria it has its own side effects when consumed too much, not being detoxified and not allowing your body to adjust to it.
Hill, K., Guarner, F., Reid, G., Gibison, G.R., Merentein D.J., Pot, B., Canani R.B., Flint, H.J., Salminen, S., Calder P.C. and Sanders, M.F. Nat Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2014 Aug; 11(8): 506-14.
Ljungh, A. and Wastrom, T. Curr. Issues Intest Microbiol. 2006; 7(2):73-89.