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Lactobacillus rhamnosus

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What is Lactobacillus rhamnosus?

More than 500 different kinds of microbacteria live inside your gastrointestinal tract. While some of them are beneficial, others have been implicated with disorders such as allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and gastric ulcers. This microflora is established at birth and changes throughout your whole life depending on your health and diet. The main jobs of the beneficial microflora are to maintain stability in your GI system and boost the immune system. Some of the bacteria are transient while others are more permanent[1].

 Lactobacillus rhamnosus is a strain of probiotic bacteria which resides in the human gastrointestinal tract, mostly in the intestines. While a balanced diet certainly helps to maintain colonies of beneficial bacteria, many people have a lifestyle which is not conducive to promoting GI health. One major threat to the friendly micro-organisms is the overuse of antibiotics[2]. This is because antibiotics kill the beneficial bacteria as well as the pathogens, thus upsetting the balance of the gastrointestinal ecosystem[3].

Natural sources of Lactobacillus rhamnosus may include:

  • Certain types of yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Sauerkraut
  • Pickles
  • Buttermilk
  • Kimchi
  • Some types of fermented cheese

Lactobacillus rhamnosus may also be acquired by means of a dietary supplement. Along with other beneficial bacteria, a  Lactobacillus rhamnosus supplement has a number of health benefits.

Lactobacillus rhamnosus Benefits and Uses

The many health benefits of Lactobacillus rhamnosus include:

  • Supporting a healthy gastrointestinal system: by maintaining a balance of healthy bacteria[4]
  • ­Boosting the immune system: by preventing excessive inflammation in the GI tract[5]
  • Fighting against less desirable, parasitic organisms: by preventing the overgrowth of pathogens[6]
  • Supporting healthy skin: by reducing inflammation[7]
  • Promoting healthy moods: by reducing systemic inflammation that affects the brain[8]
  • Supporting a healthy inflammatory response: by reducing inflammation in the gut[9]

Lactobacillus rhamnosus has also been shown to be particularly effective for the treatment of colic in infants and diarrhea in children who are taking a course of antibiotics. It may also be used to prevent diarrhea in adults who are having a stay in hospital and those who are traveling overseas (traveler’s diarrhea)[10].

Lactobacillus rhamnosus Side Effects/Overdose

Lactobacillus rhamnosus may cause the following side effects:

  • Stomach cramps
  • Bloating
  • Gas

More serious side effects, which require medical attention include:

  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Persistent cough
  • Itching skin
  • Swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble breathing

There currently no reports of interactions overdose related to Lactobacillus rhamnosus but if you think you may have taken too much, seek medical advice immediately.

Best Lactobacillus rhamnosus Supplements

As well as containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Nexabiotic® Advanced Probiotics and Prebiotics contains Bifidobacterium infantis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Saccharomyces boulardii, and more than 15 other beneficial probiotic strains.  This supplement is suitable for men and women and supports healthy digestive and immune systems as well as a healthy inflammatory response.

Try taking a daily probiotic supplement to support your digestive health and boost your immune system. Go with your gut and get Nexabiotic® probiotic supplements today!