Most of us have this conception that bacteria is equal to something bad and harmful for us. But as there are two sides to a coin, everything has an exception and a flip side to it. Acidophilus bacteria is such an exception when it comes bacteria. Lactobacillus Acidophilus as it is scientifically called, is a good bacteria which is naturally found in our body. It is a probiotic and this friendly bacteria aids in keeping digestion and immunity problems at bay. If you are wondering what are the substances or items which contain this, well our favorite yogurt and some other foodstuffs contain this bacteria. If this cannot be consumed through diet, there is always an option of acidophilus supplement in the form of capsules. That is exactly what this article is going to be about!
What are Acidophilus Capsules?
As mentioned earlier, they are a type of supplement like pills. As those bacteria are found in our digestive tracts, it would be a no-brainer to say that these capsules are basically meant to keep our digestive tract healthy. This is, in case enough is not consumed through our diet. These supplements are freeze dried and then they are available in the market over the counter as acidophilus pills or capsules. The potency of these capsules may vary as per the differential amounts of strain of the bacteria, corresponding to the doses. These capsules are perfect for those who are not too keen on eating yogurt and other foodstuffs rich in acidophilus.
Significance and Advantages
To begin with, research done by experts says that acidophilus bacteria (through supplements) are important for proper digestion of the food consumed by us. If the amount of this bacteria is not enough in our body, it can lead to digestion problems and weakened immune system. To mention about advantages, there are a number of them. The following are the advantages of these capsules:
Countering Vaginal Yeast Infections
One of the most common and clearly proved advantages, is that it controls the growth of fungus called Candida Albicans. Now candida albanicans is a major culprit in vaginal yeast infections. Apart from popping the capsules, yogurt rich in acidophilus can also help in dealing effectively with such infections.
Research in this field suggests that prevention of diarrhea is possible by consuming acidophilus supplements. However, if acidophilus is taken in conjunction with antibiotics, it may not be that effective.
If you have a weak immune system, these capsules can help make it stronger, protecting us from infections. This one benefit itself leads to a lot of other benefits, like lowering allergy risks, asthma, and eczema and hay fever. However, there is still some research to be done until these benefits can be proven.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
There have been mixed results as far as a positive connection between irritable bowel syndrome and acidophilus capsules is concerned. But it cannot be denied that studies show that acidophilus leads to alleviating the symptoms of this problem.
Apparently the treatment of pylori infection, intestinal blockages and gut barrier infection is facilitated by acidophilus. Moreover, the capsules can replenish the level of vitamin K, lactose and anti microbial substances in our body.
Normally, there are hardly any side effects of these capsules. In rare cases, there could be moderate digestive bloating. However, this is only till a person gets used to the dosage.
Last but not the least, factors like stress, nicotine, aging, narcotics, deficiencies and a few others can create an acidophilus deficiency in our body. One thing is sure though, that all the above instances are good enough to prove that these capsules are no doubt good for our health!
This is where I sign off! Take Care!