- What is Lactobacillus rhamnosus?
A very well known probiotic bacterium is Lactobacillus rhamnosus. This bacterium is very beneficial for the human intestinal tract and it is believed to also have a very great importance for the immune system, especially when it comes to combating intestinal and urinary infections.
Lactobacillus rhamnosus can be easily found in products based on yogurt. Once ingested the bacteria attaches to the lining of the intestines and provides a good environment for other helpful organisms that aid human digestion. Moreover, it eliminates harmful bacteria from the body and prevents their growth in the intestines.
Probiotic bacteria, such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus, release certain chemicals in the human body that create a toxic environment for the harmful bacteria to live in. As they can’t survive in these conditions, they can’t provoke diseases or infections that harm the human organism.
- Health Benefits
Lactobacillus rhamnosus has been isolated by researchers in 1983 in order to evaluate its possible positive effects it may have upon the human body. It was discovered that it was very tolerant with the harsh acids that are normally found in the digestive tract and in the stomach and that it also had many health benefits among which the most important are the following:
- It can fight illnesses related to the intestinal tract
Studies conducted by Goldin and Gorbach have shown that Lactobacillus rhamnosus can survive in the conditions the human stomach offers and also in the intestinal tract. Thus, they concluded that it’s bile-stable, making it a vital probiotic for curing intestinal ailments.
- It can suppress bacterial infections in people with renal problems
A study conducted in 2005 has shown that patients with kidney problems can ease their sufferings with Lactobacillus rhamnosus that can interrupt the gastrointestinal transportation of enterococcus that otherwise would resist the vancomycin antibiotic.
- It can help in building a powerful immune system
When it comes to the immune system, the gut contributes a lot. As Lactobacillus rhamnosus can survive in the acid environment from the digestive system, it can easily stimulate the production of antibodies that helps the entire human body and also assist in the process of phagocytosis through which the body fights bacteria.
- Medical benefits
An article published in a 2009 issue of Renal and Urology News stated that the daily consumption of Lactobacillus rhamnosus can help women who are in the postmenopausal period and have chronic urinary tract infections. Even if the common treatment for this is in fact the trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, Lactobacillus rhamnosus is considered to be more effective and a great alternative for patients who can’t resist antibiotic treatments. It seems that the Lactobacillus rhamnosus probiotic can safeguard the urogenital tract, as it’s capable of excreting biosurfactants which enable the tract to limit the pathogen’s adhesion.
Another study conducted in 1998 has shown that the consumption of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG doesn’t exhibit the inflammatory response that occurs when people consume milk that doesn’t contain this probiotic. Moreover, in the same study it seemed that Lactobacillus rhamnosus enhanced the immune system in persons who consumed probiotic-enhanced milk and didn’t cause any inflammatory reactions.