What is Acidophilus?
“Acidophilus,” when used in an alternative medical context, refers to the bacterium Lactobacillus acidophilus. This bacterium, considered a friendly and necessary organism for the health of the gastrointestinal tract and the vagina, has emerged as a popular probiotic supplement for patients whose systems may be overwhelmed by a regimen of antibiotics. Lactobacillus acidophilus is known to protect against certain foreign invaders of the body such as the fungus Candida albicans. Lactobacillus acidophilus can be found in products such as milk and yogurt.
What are the health benefits of Acidophilus?
Acidophilus is used to replenish the friendly bacteria in the colon, which helps to reduce inflammation caused by unwanted bacteria. This process is used to alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome such as diarrhea and constipation, symptoms of bladder inflammation such as urinary tract infections, and is also used for treating an irritable bladder by building immunity in the mucous membranes. The acidophilus bacterium also kills the Candida albicans organism, which is used to treat yeast infections of the vagina. Other conditions that benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of acidophilus include hives, flatulence, and low immune function.
Where can I find Acidophilus?
Acidophilus can be found as a component of certain milks, yogurt, and as a dietary supplement found online, in health food stores, and the offices of alternative medical practitioners.
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