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When you hear the word bacteria, the first thing that might come to mind might not be pleasant. But these microorganisms are not all bad news. There's also plenty of friendly bacteria in your body—and they are called probiotics.
The word probiotics comes from a Greek term that means "for life." Lactobacillus acidophilus is naturally found in the intestinal tract.** Taking one capsule of Puritan’s Pride Probiotic Acidophilus a day after a meal provides friendly bacteria for your digestive system.
- Friendly bacteria for the digestive system
- Stomach friendly
- Supports overall wellbeing
Acidophilus is a friendly bacteria naturally found in the intestinal tract.** More than 400 species of bacteria, also called normal flora, live in the adult human GI tract. Our Probiotic Acidophilus contains over 100 million active Lactobacillus Acidophilus (including the naturally occurring metabolic product produced by Lactobacilli) at the time of manufacture. Adults can take one (1) capsule daily, preferably with a meal.No Artificial Color, Flavor or Sweetener, No Preservatives, No Sugar, No Starch, No Milk, No Lactose, No Soy, No Gluten, No Wheat, No Fish, Sodium Free.
What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics are naturally found in your body. You can also find them in some foods and supplements.
It's only been since about the mid-1990s that people have wanted to know more about probiotics and their health benefits. Doctors often suggest them to help with digestive problems. And because of their newfound fame, you can find them in everything from yogurt to chocolate.
How Do They Work?
Researchers are trying to figure out exactly how probiotics work. Here are some of the ways they may keep you healthy:
- When you lose "good" bacteria in your body (like after you take antibiotics, for example), probiotics can help replace them.
- They can help balance your "good" and "bad" bacteria to keep your body working like it should.
Types of Probiotics
Many types of bacteria are classified as probiotics. They all have different benefits, but most come from two groups. Ask your doctor about which might best help you.
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Lactobacillus. This may be the most common probiotic. It’s the one you’ll find in yogurt and other fermented foods. Different strains can help with diarrhea and may help with people who can’t digest lactose, the sugar in milk.
Bifidobacterium. You can also find it in some dairy products. It may help ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and some other conditions.
What Do They Do?
Probiotics help move food through your gut. Researchers are still trying to figure out which are best for certain health problems. Some common conditions they treat are:
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Infectious diarrhea (caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites)
- Antibiotic-related diarrhea
There is also some research to show they help with problems in other parts of your body. For example, some people say they have helped with:
- Skin conditions, like eczema
- Urinary and vaginal health
- Preventing allergies and colds
- Oral health