Acidophilus (Lactobacillus acidophilus)
L. acidophilus/Nutrient Depletion:
- GeneralGeneral: L. acidophilus, which is found to naturally occur in the human gastrointestinal tract, is considered to be a beneficial organism, as it produces vitamins B, K (99; 100), lactase, and antimicrobial substances such as acidolin, acidolphilin, lactocidin, and bacteriocin. A loss of this natural gut flora may theoretically adversely affect digestion and nutrient production and uptake.
- LipidsLipids: Based on data from clinical trials, L. acidophilus may decrease blood lipids, including cholesterol, low-density lipoproteins, and triglycerides (50; 91; 51).
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