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Lactobacillus Acidophilus: Top Health Benefits For A Healthy Lifestyle

What Is Lactobacillus Acidophilus?

When you see the words “lactobacilli acidophilus,” you may wonder how to pronounce them and just what they mean. In short, lactobacilli acidophilus are good bacteria. But l. acidophilus have an essential task: they make lactic acid by breaking down the carbohydrates in your body. They do this by breaking down a sugar called lactose found primarily in milk.

You may recognize the presence of lactobacilli when you sniff (or worse, drink) sour milk. That’s because lactobacilli acidophilus bacteria grow well in milk or dairy products. They can also be located in the gastrointestinal tracts and of adults.

 Turns out, when L. acidophilus breaks down the food in your intestines, it forms lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide. These substances help foster an unsupportive environment for the “bad” bacteria that also live in your gut.

History Of Lactobacillus Acidophilus

Luckily, lactobacillus acidophilus is a fairly easy-to-find bacterial probiotic. But this wasn’t always the case. L. acidophilus was initially isolated from the human intestinal tract in 1900. 

Since then, there have been several phases of development in terms of methods to help identify L. acidophilus‘s characteristics. After undergoing rigorous research and taxonomic revisions, it is now seen as a member of the highly diverse Lactobacillus genus. 

At times, L. acidophilus has been misidentified or misrepresented. However, it’s now used throughout the world as a probiotic supplement in several different functional foods. 2

Sources:
1. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=19&contentid=Lactobacillus
2. https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/The-life-history-of-Lactobacillus-acidophilus-as-a-Bull-Plummer/06730fa5210e0047db3a77421236b8261b1d4e0b

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