Bifidobacteria Probiotics

Probiotics – Bifidobacteria

bifidobacteria

Everyone has heard of antibiotics. We know anti means against and the biotic means backteria. Probiotics are the exact opposite with the prefix pro. Probiotics consist of a variety of different types of bacteria and even some yeast. Probiotics or the friendly bacteria have positive effects toward healthy colon bacteria. Today will look at Bifidobacteria.

Bifidobacteria are small rod shaped bacteria that are a part of the normal colonization of our colon. Our colon is made up a very complex ecosystem of bacteria that is so large that there are more bacteria in our body than human cells. Bifidobacteria are a part of the lactic acid bacteria. They are found in different types of fermented foods such cheeses, yogurt, and kimchi.

Bifidobacteria are the common flora of breast-fed infants. Bifidobacteria are thought to perhaps help protect children who are breast fed from GI infections. This same protection is not afforded bottle fed babies. Bifidobacteria are not as common in the adult colon however they do appear to help protect the gut from attachment of the pathological bacteria coliform. Bifidobacteria in adults will disappear from the colon after 2 week from discontinuing intake. To continue to get the effect you must use the product to keep up the colonization.

Bifidobacteria has immune modifying effects. In adults it has been found to improve the function of white blood cells and killer cells. It also increases interferon levels in the adult. Bifidobacteria may also help to protect against cancer by decreasing the carcinogens in the gut.

Bifidobacteria is resistant to gastric acid and grows very well on FOS or inulin. FOS and inulin work particularly well
in helping the Bifidobacteria grow.

Conditions Potentially Helped by Bifidobacteria

Safety

Bifidobacteria has been used safely in adults in trials lasting a year. Children also seem to do well even under 2 years of age. It has been used on critically ill neonatal children for as long as 8 months. Safety in nursing or pregnant women hasn’t been established.  

Side Effects

  • May cause diarrhea in children
  • Bloating
  • GI upset
  • Gas

Conclusions

As you can see Bifidobacteria is safe and an effective probiotic. It is worth making sure your probiotic regime includes Bifidobacteria.

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About John Montague DC

John Montague DC is the owner of WebVitamins. He is active in the industry and is currently president of the NPA East.

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  1. Hi Jmontague,
    On a similar note,, 1. Which of the following fibers stimulate the growth of bifidobacteria and, are considered probiotics?

    2. Which of the following is NOT a typical gastrointestinal response to ingestion of dietary fiber?

    3. What fiber is the most effective for overcoming constipation?

    4.Which fiber is most effective at lower serum lipids?

    5. Which fiber is most likely to alter the microboita(function as a perbiotic)?
    Kindest Regards

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