Lactic Acid Bacteria
One of the most significant groups of probiotic organisms are the lactic acid bacteria, commonly used in fermented dairy products but also dominant in all Bodkin’s products.
There is an increase in interest in these species as research is beginning to reveal the many possible health benefits associated with lactic acid bacteria. The difficulty in identifying and classifying strains has complicated research, since benefits may only be relevant to particular strains.
Nevertheless, lactic acid bacteria have a number of well-established and potential benefits. These benefits include:
- Control of intestinal infections
- Improved digestion of lactose. Some possible mechanisms for the improved lactose digestion include: The lactase activity of the bacteria actually does the work of digesting lactose in the product once it reaches the intestine.
- Play a role in preventing and treating diarrhoea. Lactic acid bacteria may be useful in preventing and shortening the duration of several types of diarrhea. A few small studies show that lactic acid bacteria can reduce the incidence of antibiotic-related diarrhoea and traveller's diarrhoea. Lactic acid bacteria can probably reduce diarrhoea in several ways: Lactic acid bacteria compete with pathogens for nutrients and space in the intestines.
- Act on the immune system, helping the body to resist and fight infection. lactic acid bacteria have been shown to increase: B-lymphocytes or B cells, which recognize foreign matter, helping to destroy foreign matter. They also help to increase antibody levels.
Potential Health Benefits
More work needs to be done to authenticate the role lactic acid bacteria might play in anti- tumor effects, hyper cholesterol effects, preventing urogenital infections, alleviating constipation and treating food allergy.
Lactic acid bacteria may also reduce candidal vaginal infections. This is still speculative, however it would be research worth pursuing. One small study showed that women with recurrent vaginal candidiasis who ate 8 oz. daily of a yogurt containing lactic acid bacteria had fewer occurrences of vaginal candidiasis than during the control period in which they ate no yogurt.
Lactic acid bacteria show some promise against stomach ulcers. A small study of patients with ulcers showed that lactic acid bacteria promoted healing of gastric ulcers in 50% of the patients.
Bodkin's is full of lactic acid bacteria so grab a jar and start feeling these benefits!