Lactobacillus acidophilus

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Species: Lactobacillus acidophilus is a genus of gram-positive, microaerophilic, rod-shaped, non-spore forming bacteria.

Location in the body: Intestines, the transverse colon.

This microbe produces: Hydrogen peroxide and lactic acid by producing an enzyme called lactase. GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) a naturally occurring amino acid that works as an inhibitory neurotransmitter in your brain and helps treat anxiety, and acetylcholine, another essential neurotransmitter.

History

Discovered in 1924, L.acidophilus was the first strain made available 30 years ago.

Found in:

Fermented foods, for example, kimchi and sauerkraut, yoghurt, kefir, miso, tempeh.

What does this microbe do?

Attenuates oxidative stress, systemic inflammation, glycaemic control, sphingolipid balance and anxiety.

Indications

Lowers cholesterol, prevents or reduces diarrhoea, improves symptoms of IBS, prevents and treats vaginal infections, assists in weight loss, reduces the duration of colds and flu, decreases allergic reactions, prevents and reduces eczema symptoms, fabulous for the gut, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, respiratory infections and vaginal infections.

Quantity

Best before food. Adult: 10-20ml daily. Children: 5-15ml daily

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