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Acidophilus: Some experts notes that Lactobacillus acidophilus may cure various diseases. It is a lactic acid producing bacteria that it is thought to have beneficial effects on digestion and overall health. Under some experts, yogurt with acidophilus culture and acidophilus on its own has been shown to clear up yeast infections and vaginitis in children and adults, among other properties.
Acidophilus –experts explain- is a nutritional supplement product, which is often added to milk or sold as a capsule. It contains one or more bacteria which aid in digestion.
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Among these bacteria, you can find Lactobacillus acidophilus
(A); Lactobacillus casei
(B) and Streptococcus thermophilus.
(C); Lactobacillus bulgaricus; Bifidobacterium bifidus
L. acidophilus, however, is not present in all brands of yogurt.
So, you will have to check the labels of products. Acidophilus supplements usually work quickly and effectively.
This occurs because they contain as many as one billion individual friendly bacteria per gram. However, for those who cannot use milk products, acidophilus is also present in carrots, soybeans, rice starch, garbanzo beans and other sources. Health food stores carry a variety of acidophilus supplements in capsule, liquid and powder form. Some of the formulas contain bifidobacteria, another helpful bacterium, as well as vitamin C and other nutrients.
With the powder, you can make your own yogurt-type drink.
For best results, acidophilus supplements should be taken on an empty stomach before breakfast, one hour before other meals. Many who have difficulty digesting ordinary dairy products often have success with cultured milk products, such as yogurt or acidophilus milk.
Lactose Intolerance There are a number of fermented dairy products that use L. acidophilus including yogurt and some types of cheese. Sugary acidophilus milk is consumed by individuals who suffer from lactose maldigestion and intolerance, which occurs when enzymes (lactase) cannot break down lactose (milk sugar) in the intestine.
Failure to digest lactose results in discomfort, cramps and diarrhea. Several bacteria have been shown to enhance lactose digestion by providing β-galactosidase, while some L. acidophilus strains have been linked to improvement in symptoms and indicators of lactose indigestion.