Different Types of Probiotics

Consuming probiotics helps assist your overall health, but did you know there are many different types of probiotics to choose from? There are various microorganisms that are classified as probiotics. Each different bacterium has different benefits. The two most common probiotic bacteria are Lactobacilli and Bifidobacterium. Our OnlineProbiotic consists of the following types of ‘good’ bacteria needed for your digestive system:

So now that you know what is in our Online Probiotics, you might be wondering what each bacterium does. Let us explain.

Lactobacillus acidophilus

Lactobacillus acidophilus is known as a “friendly bacteria.” Our body naturally has this bacteria which can be found in our intestines, and if you are a female, it can also be found in the vaginal area.  Lactobacillus acidophilus has been known for preventing diarrhea that may be caused by traveling or antibiotics. It has also been known for possibly treating bacterial vaginal infection, irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, acne, and skin problems for those who are allergic to dairy. If you have short bowel syndrome or a week immune system due to a disease or medication, ask your healthcare provider if lactobacillus is right for you.

Bifidobacterium lactis

Bifidobacterium lactis happens to be one of the most amazing probiotics strains because they are the most versatile. This healthy bacteria is known to boost your immune system along with possibly treating lactose intolerance. It is also known to possibly support healthy cholesterol levels and treating diarrhea that may occur due to antibiotics. Bifidobacterium lactis is crucial in supporting a healthy digestive system. It helps with the digestion of sugars, macronutrients, and fibers. Sounds pretty amazing right? Bifidobacterium lactis combined with other probiotic strains can support the health of your bowel by helping with proper bowel movements. There have also been some studies that indicate Bifidobacterium lactis to be beneficial against respiratory ailments and infections.

Lacto­­bacillus plantarum

Lactobacillus plantarum is another great bacterium that is amazing for your body. There are three main things that Lactobacillus plantarum is known for which are, supporting your digestion, your immunity, and improving your overall health.  One amazing factor about this bacterium is that it produces its own antibiotics. This means that it is extremely beneficial to your body to fight off the bad bacteria so that our own bacteria become stronger to fight off pathogens. Because of this, it may help decrease the frequency of getting the cold or flu or even the duration. There have also been studies that indicate lactobacillus plantarum reducing irritable bowel syndrome and reduction of excessive gas.

Lactobacillus paracasei

Lactobacillus paracasei is common probiotic strain that is added to probiotic supplements and there is a reason for that. This bacteria helps ease digestion of lactose-based products…great for those that are lactose intolerant! It has also shown to help relax your gut muscles leading to improvements of gut discomfort, spasm, and even inflammation.  There are studies that indicate lactobacillus paracasei possibly helping reduce intestinal imbalances, improving bowel movement and visceral pain. Like most probiotics, it also helps fight off bad bacteria and improving your immune system to fight off pathogens. In addition, there are some studies that show lactobacillus paracasei may help in better your hormonal and mental wellness. This means it may help you be in a better mood! This bacteria has also shown to possibly improve chronic fatigue along with irritable bowel syndrome. Overall, lactobacillus paracasei helps improve your mood and health.