A growing body of research suggests that these friendly bacteria could help protect against vaginal infections.
Wilmington, NC (PRWEB) November 13, 2012
Natural Health Sherpa, a natural health website, recently reviewed the health benefits of probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus (or simply acidophilus). According to studies reviewed by Natural Health Sherpa, acidophilus bacteria “help prevent and treat diarrhea, improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and even protect against vaginal infections.”
A 2005 study showed that taking a particular supplement that includes acidophilus helped reduce the risk of antibiotic-induced diarrhea. Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology in March 2012 showed that taking a probiotic supplement that includes acidophilus and other beneficial bacteria daily for 8 weeks can provide relief for IBS symptoms as well improve stool consistency.
Acidophilus is good for women’s health too according to Natural Health Sherpa. “A growing body of research suggests that these friendly bacteria could help protect against vaginal infections,” the website says.
“And there is some excitement around the use of acidophilus to help ward off everything from high cholesterol to eczema. But we’ll need more research before the probiotic can be recommended for those conditions,” the website added.
Natural Health Sherpa, however, reminds readers that acidophilus too is bacteria. “You may want to avoid it if you have a weakened immune system due to lymphoma or HIV/AIDS, if you have intestinal damage, have an artificial heart valve, have taken steroid drugs for long periods of time, and if you take drugs that suppress the immune system,” the site cautioned.
Natural Health Sherpa provides in-depth, science-based, independent reviews of natural health therapies and remedies that have been proven to be both safe and effective and are backed by good science -- multiple double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized studies. Unfortunately, there are many charlatans making bogus, unfounded claims in the natural health area, so our goal is to separate fact from fiction to pinpoint what actually works.