- Decreasing allergies
- Preventing certain tumors like colon cancer
- Improves digestion
- Promotes a healthy immune system
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Yeast infections
- Bifidobacteria belong to a group of bacteria called lactic acid bacteria. Lactic acid bacteria are found in fermented foods like yogurt and cheese. Bifidobacteria are used in treatment as so-called “probiotics,” the opposite of antibiotics. They are considered “friendly” bacteria and are taken to grow and multiply in areas of the body where they normally would occur.
- The human body counts on its normal bacteria to perform several jobs, including breaking down foods, helping the body take in nutrients, and preventing the take-over of “bad” bacteria. Probiotics such as bifidobacteria are typically used in cases when a disease occurs or might occur due to a kill-off of normal bacteria. For example, treatment with antibiotics can destroy disease-causing bacteria, but also normal bacteria in the GI (gastrointestinal) and urinary tracts.
- The theory is that taking Bifidobacterium probiotics during antibiotic treatment can prevent or minimize the death of good bacteria and the take-over by bad bacteria.
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Lewis, Catherine; “Know Your Probiotics: The Benefits of Bifidobacterium Bifidum”, www.insidershealth.com/article/know_your_probiotics_the_benefits_of_bifidobacterium_bifidum/3888