You’ve most likely been hearing the praises of probiotics lately, and it’s no surprise why. Research on probiotics has suggested health benefits ranging from digestive support to promoting healthy cholesterol. But which strains of “good bacteria” should you be incorporating into your daily regimen? In our probiotic series, we take a look at four of the most beneficial strains of probiotics. Second in the series is Bifidobacterium Bifidum.
Bifidobacterium Bifidum is one of several microbes that are used as probiotics, also known as the “good” bacteria. Bifidobacterium is one of the major strains of bacteria that make up the gut flora, a form of bacteria that makes its home in the colon.
Although there are many benefits of Bifidobacterium Bifidum such as decreasing allergies and preventing certain tumors, it’s most known for the many benefits in helping with digestion.
Bifidobacterium Bifidum is a natural part of the human body, although they’re found mostly in the gastrointestinal tract. Other places they’ve been found in the human body include the mouth, the vagina and in breast milk. The inclusion of this species in the human body helps to build up the immune system, lower the cholesterol levels, lessens the chance of allergies, aid in digestion and helps to prevent the effects of tumors in colon cancer. Bifidobacteria has also been very effective as a remedy for vaginitis, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, yeast infections and more.
As part of breast milk, bifidobacterium help with the production of lactic and acetic acid, allowing the probiotic characteristics to be not only in the mother’s breast milk but also passed on to the infant. Its ability to help the body better absorb calcium is also an added bonus of having Bifidobacterium Bifidum in the body. It’s also been suggested that infants that were born by caesarian birth and are formula-fed have a much lower level of Bifidobacterium in their bodies.
Prior to the 1960s, species of Bifidobacterium were called Lactobacillus bifidus and even then, its properties and benefits were well known. Bifidobacterium Bifidum and its usefulness in promoting good health go back as far as the Biblical days when the use of probiotics was documented in many religious works. Although modern science has made their benefits known to the public, these benefits were known for many years prior to this time.
Adequate amounts of Bifidobacterium Bifidum will help to eliminate bad bacteria, which cause infections, disease and many viral conditions by increasing the intestinal floral in the stomach or digestive tract. Intestinal flora, aka microflora, is what helps develop your immune system and its ability to respond to inflammation.
They also help to prevent pathogenic organisms, thus helping to build up your natural defense mechanisms. It’s generally pathogenic organisms entering the body that are responsible for tumors, cancers and other diseases – conditions that are decreased with the right amount of Bifidobacterium Bifidum in the body.
Bifidobacterium Bifidum is very beneficial in helping your body fight viral diarrhea, inflammatory bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal disorders by helping to replenish the body with good bacteria that’s lost because of sickness. It also helps the body to clean itself out as it’s replenished. This is the main purpose of these “good” bacteria. With its probiotic properties, it helps to balance out the bacteria in the body by keeping a steady supply of the “friendly” bacteria so that is one is destroyed by potential illness, another is present to take its place.
Bifidobacterium Bifidum can be found in a number of dietary supplements, available in health food stores or online. Check out the Bacteral website
for more details on this strain.