Benefits of acidophilus
What is acidophilus?
Acidophilus is a good bacteria in the human body. Bacteria named Lactobacillus acidophilus are friendly bacteria that normally live in the digestive system, urinary tract, and human genital system without causing disease. Lactobacillus acidophilus can also be found in some fermented foods such as yogurt and dietary supplements.
Lactobacillus is used to treat and prevent diarrhea, as well as infections or skin disorders. Often also used to treat diseases related to cholesterol and to boost the immune system.
How does it work?
There are not enough studies yet to explain how these herbal supplements work. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information.
However, there are several studies that show that:
- The addition of normal flora bacteria can help digest food and absorb nutrients, such as vitamins, including fat-soluble vitamins and proteins. Acidophilus is a substance that also helps digest various kinds of lactose for people with lactose intolerance.
- Handling of diarrhea, including the types of infections such as diarrhea virus in children and diarrhea in tourists. Usually used also to prevent and deal with diarrheal diseases associated with the use of antibiotics, and against foreign organisms that can cause diarrheal diseases.
- Suppress infections caused by bacteria such as eczemi (skin allergies), acne, and invection of the vagina. It can also handle symptoms of lymphatic disease, itching, and improve the immune system. These bacteria work in a way against and prevent the growth of other bacteria.
- Hypocolesteremic measures such as high cholesterol. How it works is to consume cholesterol in the digestive system, bind it to the cell surface, and incorporate it into the cell membrane so that cholesterol will not be absorbed into your bloodstream.
- Another possible action of Lactobacillus acidphilus is to prevent the recurrence of bladder cancer. But no research has confirmed this hypothesis.
Dose for using Acidphilus
The information provided below is not a substitute for medical recommendations. Always consult your herbalist or doctor before taking this medication.
What dose is commonly used for acidophilus for adults?
Acidphilus is a bacteria that is used according to certain cases and health conditions. For adults, consume one to 15 million colony forming units (CFUs) daily for digestive health, if in good health. Excessive consumption can lead to mild digestive problems, while lower consumption may not be sufficient.
For children, consult a pediatrician for the proper dosage before administering it with probiotics, or other dietary supplements for infants and children. The use of acidophilus for children should be considered, especially for toddlers.
The dosage of these herbal supplements may be different for each patient. The dose depends on your age, health, and some conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe, please consult your herbalist or doctor for the appropriate dosage.
In what form is acidophilus available?
Acidophilus is an herbal supplement it can be available in the form of:
- capsules, tablets, chewable tablets, or powders
- dairy products (acidophilus milk, yogurt)
- fluids for medical purposes on female genitalia (vaginal suppositories)
Each form contains 500 million to 10 billion bacterial organism cultures.
Side effects of acidophilus
What side effects can acidophilus cause?
This acidophilus supplement product is usually well tolerated by most people. However, people who are sensitive to lactose are likely to feel stomach discomfort or other side effects caused by products containing L. acidophilus. It is not caused by bacteria, but is caused by a trace of lactose intake that may be contained during the production process.
Common side effects include:
- serious infections, bacteremia (people with immune system disorders)
Not everyone has side effects. There may also be other side effects that have not been written above. If you have more attention to certain side effects, consult your herbalist or doctor.
What should I know before taking acidophilus?
For people who have lactose intolerance, stop taking supplements in the form of dairy products, it is recommended to consume Lactobacillus acidopilus in supplement form. You should discuss with your doctor about the use of Lactobacillus acidopilus in foods for the care and prevention of infection.
You should take prescribed antibiotics, even if an infection is caused by the parasite. Acidophilus is a substance that may be added to the menu without altering medical therapy, diet, or lifestyle exercising.
The regulation of taking herbal supplements is more loose than the consumption of drugs. Further studies are needed to determine the safety of consuming it. The benefits of taking herbal supplements should be more than the risks. Consult your herbalist or doctor for more information.
How safe is acidophilus?
Dairy products are not recommended for consumption by lactose-sensitive people. Products containing acidophilus may be used during pregnancy and are allowed for children over 3 years. Supplementation of L.acidophilus in the first 6 months may increase the risk of allergy to cow’s milk for some children.
You should be careful when taking them if you have the following problems:
- high fever
- Short bowel disease
- immune problems or lactose intolerance
- fixed orthodontic equipment (eg stirrup), mastication problems, or irregular teeth. Acidophilus can cause cavities in people with this condition
What interactions might occur when I take acidophilus?
This herbal supplement may interact with your current health condition. Consult with herbalist or doctor before taking them.
- antacids should be taken 30-60 minutes before ingestion of acidophilus
- antibiotics should not be used in conjunction with acidophilus. Give a pause of at least 2 hours
- azulfidine when used in conjunction with acidophilis can reduce the azuffidine effect
- immunosuppressants (immune suppressants, such as cyclosporine, tacrolimus, azathiprine), antineoplastic: acidophilus should not be consumed in conjunction with immunisuppressants or antineoplastic.
- the effect of warfarin may increase when taken with acidophilus, be careful in its use
- acidophilis can reduce the absorption of garlic. If taken simultaneously, give the lag time for 3 hours.