Taking antibiotics or certain intestinal conditions can upset the balance of bacteria in your gut. This is a blend of L. acidophilus probiotics and acidophilus bifidus microflora can be used to balance the bacteria in the digestive tract and stomach. Keeping this bacteria in balance is important to promote overall good health and the proper absorption of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. You can find these two bacteria in foods like in yogurt (the label must read live cultures), miso, and tempeh and probiotics supplements.
The benefits claimed to come from L adidophilus and bifidus
- Less gastrointestinal distress and discomfort
- Strengthening of immune system
- Improved skin function
- Improved regularity of bowels
- Resistance to pollen allergens
- Reduction in bloating
Research is underway
There has been research done and it continues into probiotics and their effectiveness.
Through 2012 research evidence still is insufficient to prove a cause-and-effect relationship between consumption of probiotic products and any health benefit. There is very little evidence that supports claims that probiotic dietary supplements have any health benefits.
These are generally regarded as safe; any reported side effects are both rare and mild. They include mild stomach discomfort, bloating and flatulence, diarrhea, or constipation when you first start taking probiotic supplements. An interesting note is that The Mayo Clinic website says that these side effects usually resolve on their own if you continue to take the supplements.
Allergic reactions are extremely rare but sometimes happen if you develop a rash, hives, start itching, have difficulty breathing, or develop chest pains stop use of supplement immediately and contact your doctor or in the case of chest pains get to the nearest urgent care or emergency room.
Those who should NOT take probiotics
Those who have artificial heart valves, you should not take any l. acidophilus because of the chance of bacterial infections. You also should avoid l. acidophilus if you have a weakened immune system, are taking immuno-suppressants, have had recent bowel surgery or have intestinal damage.
While research continues it might be better if only people who have symptoms of being unbalanced should take supplement stomach bacteria.