L. plantarum can promote optimal digestive health. It is able to help reduce unhealthy bacteria (naturally present in the body) while preserving vital nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins. One of the most notable talents of L. plantarum is its ability to synthesize L-lysine, an essential amino acid which is required for countless functions in the body. L. plantarum competes for nutrients which the unhealthy bacteria live on. By doing so, unhealthy bacteria pass harmlessly through the body.
L. acidophilus is one of the most highly studied and widely used probiotic organisms. It is a strain of lactic acid, producing rod-shaped microbes that have numerous benefits for digestive health. L. acidophilus produces vitamin K, lactase and acidolin, acidolphilin, lactocidin and bacteriocin. Due to the multiple functions of this microorganism, scientists have discovered that administering L. acidophilus orally helps maintain the proper balance of bacteria within the digestive tract. The lactase that L. acidophilus creates is an enzyme that supports the normal breakdown of lactose into simple sugars.
L. rhamnosus is a strain of probiotics that aids in supporting healthy microflora to help maintain digestive tract functions.
L. salivariusresides is normally found in the mouth and small intestine. It can be effective in helping to reduce at least five potentially unhealthy bacteria within the mouth. It helps to support homeostasis within the intestines, thereby promoting digestive health.
L. casei is a rod-shaped species of Lactobacillus found in milk, cheese and dairy. It is a lactic acid producer like other species within the Lactobacillus genus and has been found to assist in the colonization of beneficial bacteria. L. casei is active in a broad temperature and pH range, and can be found naturally in the mouth and intestine of humans. It is a lactase producer which aids in the l digestion of lactose, promoting digestive health.
L. helveticus has been well studied for many years and is commonly used in the production of Swiss-type cheeses to enhance flavor. It has the ability to survive the acidic environment of the stomach and to support digestion.
Bifidobacterium are rod-shaped microbes that have been identified as one of the most important organisms in the intestine for providing barrier protection. Like Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium are lactic acid producing microbes found in fermented foods such as yogurt and cheese. Despite the fact that when we are born Bifidobacterium makes up most of the total gut population, the Bifidobacterium population decreases in our intestines as adults and declines further as we advance in age. B. bifidum is the predominant bacteria strain found in the microflora of breast-fed infants. It is believed that B. bifidum contributes to the health of breast-fed infants. In addition, B. bifidum contributes to the protection and maintenance of health.
B. longum is a branched, rod-shaped bacterium that competes for attachment sites on the intestinal mucosal membrane, promoting the balanced colonization of bacteria. It is resistant to gastric acid and shares similar functions as B. bifidum.
Bifidobacterium breve B.
breve is another branched, rod-shaped bacterium. The job of B. breve in the digestive tract is to ferment sugars and produce lactic acid, as well as acetic acid. B. breve is like a champion among probiotic bacteria due to its superior ability to metabolize many types of food.
B. infantis is a probiotic bacterium which inhabits the intestine of both infants and adults. It may be beneficial to maintaining digestive tract health. B. infantis plays an important role in basic digestion, proper metabolism and overall well-being.