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Why We Need Acidophilus


Article by Hayley Hyer

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We hear a lot about probiotics and their benefits, but do you know much about the individual types? Acidophilus is one of the more sought-after probiotics, so we'll tackle it today and learn everything there is to know about what it does and where to find it.

The full name is lactobacillus acidophilus, and Dr. Ruairi Robertson at Healthline explains that, "Its name gives an indication of what it produces — lactic acid. It does this by producing an enzyme called lactase. Lactase breaks down lactose, a sugar found in milk, into lactic acid."

The Benefits of Acidophilus

This list was written and medically verified by Ruairi Robertson, PhD, at Healthline.

  1. It May Help Reduce Cholesterol
  2. It May Prevent and Reduce Diarrhea
  3. It Can Improve Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  4. It Can Help Treat and Prevent Vaginal Infections
  5. It May Promote Weight Loss
  6. It May Help Prevent and Reduce Cold and Flu Symptoms
  7. It May Help Prevent and Reduce Allergy Symptoms
  8. It May Help Prevent and Reduce Symptoms of Eczema
  9. It's Good for Your Gut Health

READ MORE: 9 Ways Lactobacillus Acidophilus Can Benefit Your Health

These additional benefits were written by Zawn Villines and medically verified by Katherine Marengo LDN, R.D., specialty in nutrition, at Medical News Today.

  • Emerging research suggests that the health of the gut might also have an impact on the brain.
  • Doctors do not fully understand CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) or what causes it. However, some researchers believe that gut health, and specifically gut bacteria, may play a role in its development.
  • L. acidophilus supplements may help relieve the effects of lactose intolerance by helping the body metabolize lactose.
  • Several studies suggest that probiotics may help prevent vaginal yeast infections and possibly other vaginal infections.

READ MORE: Is Lactobacillus acidophilus good for health?

How to Get Acidophilus

This list comes from Hrefna Palsdottir, MS, at Healthline.

  1. Yogurt
  2. Kefir
  3. Sauerkraut
  4. Tempeh
  5. Kimchi
  6. Miso
  7. Kombucha
  8. Pickles
  9. Traditional Buttermilk
  10. Natto
  11. Some Types of Cheese

READ MORE: 11 Probiotic Foods That Are Super Healthy

Acidophilus Supplements

If you're not a fan of fermented foods, you may be interested in taking an acidophilus supplement. Please always talk to your doctor before adding any supplements to your diet! Here are some options for you.

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