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Lactobacillus acidophilus (L. acidophilus) is a strain of beneficial bacteria that naturally inhabits the small intestine. This “good” bacteria along with many other beneficial strains of bacteria, known as probiotics, support digestive health and immune function while working to keep a harmonious balance between the good and bad bacteria in the intestines.
The environment of living organisms in the intestines is a balancing act that can either help us maintain good health or cause us unnecessary bodily stress depending on the populations of good versus bad bacteria.
There are many different strains of good bacteria, and each contributes to its own set of health benefits. In general, probiotics keep the populations of bad bacteria in check, and may help in fighting other harmful pathogens as well. They promote better digestion and nutrient absorption, and enhance immune function. Probiotics help to regulate bowel movements, and have been thought to be beneficial for inflammatory bowel conditions.*
When L. acidophilus breaks down food in the intestine, by-products of lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide create an inhospitable environment for the proliferation of bad bacteria.