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There are multiple beneficial bacteria in our digestive system. Lactobacillus acidophilus is happens to be one of the bacteria present in our intestine and plays an important role in our health. This bacterium produces lactic acid with the aid of an enzyme called lactase that breaks down lactose and this is a sugar found in milk. It is often used as probiotics this is a live microorganism which, when administrated in adequate amounts confer a health on the host (Hill et.al, 2014). Studies have proven that a L. acidophilus happens to be a probiotic and research has proven that it has some health benefits. However, there are many strains of this L. acidophilus, they each have different effect on your body (Ljungh et.al, 2006). The benefits of the bacterium are:
It is to ensure that it assists in improving the blood pressure and cholesterol levels in an individual.
It can fight most pathogens like viral, bacterial and fungal infections in a human body or cells.
It defends infants by making the condition favorable for them like it can prevent flue and colds especially in children.
It can be good for your health because it is able increase the absorption of nutrients by improving appetite and having the required nutrient in high concentration a human body.
It assists in the digestive tract by ensuring that all unnecessary substances are extracted, maintains the required pH and destroys infections or pathogens.
It can withdraw all allergies by reducing the severe allergies effects.
It can boost the immune system when taken as a supplement with other probiotics.
It can help fight and reduce chances of chronic diseases attacking.
It can be used to manufacture antibiotics such as acidolin, lactobaccilin and others.L. acidophilus is a normal bacterium that can be a supplement particularly found in fermented foods. Just like any beneficial bacteria when in large quantities it can be pathogenic to host.
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Ljungh, A. and Wastrom, T. Curr. Issues Intest Microbiol. 2006; 7(2):73-89.