Lactobacillus is a friendly bacteria, often survive in our digestive, genital and urinary systems without harming us. Lactobacillus is also found in some fermented foods like yogurt and some other dietary supplements.
The beneficial effects of lactobacillus are several of which the most prominent are as under:
Inhibit Diarrhea in Children Due to Antibiotics: If children are given Lactobacillus GG (Culturelle) coupled with antibiotics, it can diminish the diarrhea that children often witness as a side effect of antibiotics.
Colic in Babies: Taking a particular Lactobacillus reuteri product 100 million CFUs every day for continuously 21-28 days cuts down daily crying time in nursing infants.
Lung Infections: Children of 1 to 6 years of age have been found to get less severe lung infections when administered milk containing lactobacillus GG or a fusion of both Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium (HOWARU Protect).
Treat a Bowel Condition (Ulcerative Colitis): Taking a right fusion of lactobacillus, bifidobacteria, and streptococcus helps in getting rid of chronic pouchitis, a surgery complication for ulcerative colitis.
Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Some researches claims that some strains of lactobacillus can diminish signs of IBS such as bloating, and stomach pain.
Treat Vaginal Infections Caused by Bacteria: Clinical research indicates certain strains of Lactobacillus can assist in warding off bacterial vaginosis when administered inside the vagina.
Treat and Prevent Eczema in Children Allergic to Cow Milk: A mixture of freeze-dried Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri can cut down eczema signs in children ages 1 to 13 years.
The product should be taken by mouth. The label directions should be followed and see if it should be taken with or without some fluid (like milk, fruit juice, or water). Strict to the process mentioned on the label of your product to see if the dose is to be chewed, swallowed whole, sprinkled onto food or taken with liquid.
The most prominent side effects seen in some cases are stomach gas which generally goes away with continued treatment. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may be rash, itching/swelling (particularly of the face/throat/tongue), dizziness, and problem in trouble breathing. Many people do not witness any serious side effects.