Lactobacillus acidophilus is one of several closely-related intestinal ‘probiotic’ bacteria that assist in the digestion of proteins and inhibit pathogenic
organisms. Bacteria of this kind are widely used in food production — for example, in the making of yogurt, cheese, beer,
chocolate, and bread.
Since our bodies already are adapted to Lactobacillus bacteria we are able to consume them in food or in supplements without
ill effects — in fact, our bodies need these bacteria in order to function properly. Among the benefits these bacteria provide
- antifungal action
- reduction of blood cholesterol levels
- increased absorption of nutrients
- improved digestion of lactose in milk
- elevation of mood in people with depression
- reduction of anxiety
Evidence for anti-cancer and anti-flu action has also been reported.
Consuming probiotic bacteria as supplements or in cultured yogurt tends to optimize their populations in the intestines, enabling
them to displace disease-causing bacteria and yeast that might otherwise gain a foothold. Less-than-optimal Lactobacillus
concentrations can result in gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, poor absorption of nutrients, and overgrowth of Candida.
A typical 170-gram (6 oz) container of yogurt contains between 50 and 200 billion active Lactobacillus cells, but the numbers
decline as the yogurt ages, and different manufacturers use different varieties of Lactobacillus. Consequently, if you depend
on yogurt for your probiotic intake, you don't know what kind or how much Lactobacillus you're getting. LifeLink's Lactobacillus
supplement supplies a reliable 3 billion active Lactobacillus cells per capsule. The varieties used have been chosen for their
effectiveness and are listed on the label.