What is Acidophilus/Acidophilus Bifidus/Lactobacillus Acidophilus/Primadophilus?
Acidophilus, bifidobacteria, and Lactobacillus acidophilus (L. acidophilus) are probiotics, which are "friendly" bacteria inhabiting the body, providing a wealth of health benefits. Acidophilus is often combined with bifidobacteria, the combination of which is commonly referred to as Acidophilus bifidus. Lactobacillus acidophilus, or L. acidophilus, is the probiotic commonly found in dairy products such as yogurt. The primadophilus formula we carry contains Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus rhamnosus.
These closely-related probiotics can help with a wide range of conditions, including digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), flatulence, diarrhea, Candida overgrowth, vaginal yeast infections, urinary tract infections, and bad breath. Additionally, acidophilus may help boost immunity by encouraging healthy bacteria growth while suppressing invading pathogens. Research shows that acidophilus may help protect the body from carcinogens.
When prescribed antibiotic therapy, it may be helpful to consume probiotics containing acidophilus, bifidobacteria, and/or L. acidophilus to repopulate the digestive tract with healthy bacteria, easing unwanted side effects like diarrhea or yeast infection. Consult your physician.
Dosages vary based upon reason for use; consult your physician for guidance. Be sure that the probiotic supplements you purchase contain live "active" cultures, and that there are 1-2 billion organisms per capsule if taking pill form. Check the expiration date, and store all probiotics in the refrigerator, as freezing or hot temperatures may harm the live cultures. Probiotics are commonly available in powder, liquid, tablet and capsule form.
Recommended Dosages for Acidophilus
Bad breath: take 2 capsules twice daily between meals
Candida overgrowth: take capsules or powder containing 1-2 billion live organisms twice daily
Diarrhea: take 2 capsules three times daily with meals
Flatulence:take 1-2 capsules containing 1+billion organisms twice daily between meals
IBS: take 2 capsules containing 3+billion live organisms daily with meals
Surgery recovery: (helpful if prescribed an antibiotic) take capsules or powder containing 1-2 billion live organisms twice daily for no more than 2 weeks after surgery
Urinary tract infection: take 1 capsule four times daily
Vaginal yeast infection: take 1 capsule containing 3-6 billion live organisms orally twice per day
- Side effects: Although helpful for alleviating flatulence, taking acidophilus may cause excess gas for the first few days while the body adjusts to the introduction of new bacteria. Symptoms should improve after a few days. Those taking insulin, a prebiotic, should consult a physician before taking any probiotic, as a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) may result. Consult your doctor if you are taking sulfasalazine.
- Indications: Consult your physician for guidance when taking a probiotic supplement. If using acidophilus in combination with antibiotic therapy, take the probiotic as far between antibiotic doses as possible.