Acidophilus is a bacteria which normally resides in the colon and vagina. It is an essential component of the digestive system as it replenishes the colonies of good bacteria. Regular supplements of Acidophilus can help maintain a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria, especially among women who are susceptible to yeast infections. Acidophilus is available in a wide variety of sources and is typically added to certain foods such as yogurt. Typically however, people who are taking antibiotics, eating a poor diet or have diarrhea are likely to be deficient and a supplement may be helpful to promote regular digestion. As this product contains live bacteria, it needs to be sheltered from excessive heat which may destroy the colonies. It is recommended that this product be refrigerated after opening.
Acidophilus may help regulate digestion and treat diarrhea and constipation. Other indications supported are inflammatory bowel disease and urinary tract infections. Scientific Evidence: The benefits of Acidophilus were first discovered in 1908. Since then, a number of studies have shown the link between proper Acidophilus levels and healthy digestion. A recent study found that those taking a supplement were 70% less likely to develop abdominal complications during travel to third world regions with unfamiliar foods and limited clean water
Adverse Reactions/Side Effects:
There are no reports of adverse reactions to acidophilus supplements. Nevertheless, patients with pre-existing digestive disorders should contact a doctor before taking this product