What is acidophilus?
Acidophilus is a particular species of probiotic from the Lactobacillus genus. It has been well researched in supporting health in areas including traveller’s diarrhoea, Candida overgrowth and antibiotic-associated thrush or diarrhoea. Lactobacillus acidophilus is a natural resident of your intestinal microflora, and is probably the most common species found in probiotic supplements on the market today.
It is worth bearing in mind that acidophilus can come in varying strains and strengths, and that different strains of acidophilus have different properties and qualities. For example Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52 is registered in the 'Collection National de Culture de Microorganisms (CNCM)' at the Institut Pasteur in France, and has been shown to contain beta-galactosidase which breaks down lactose. Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM®, on the other hand, is registered at the North Carolina State University and has been clinically trialled in areas including IBS, health in the elderly, and pollen allergies.
As acidophilus is only one type of probiotic, at OptiBac we tend to combine it with other species in order to maximise the various benefits in different parts of the gut. If you are looking for a high quality strain of acidophilus in a daily supplement, take a look at For daily wellbeing (which contains the well researched L. acidophilus Rosell-52), or For daily wellbeing EXTRA Strength (which contains the premium L. acidophilus NCFM®).
To learn more about the importance of different probiotic species and strains, click here.