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Lactobacillus Rhamnosus and your daily Probiotic

An ideal probiotic should present three peculiar characteristics among others: the capacity to adhere and persist at the intestinal mucosal level, to stimulate local innate immune response (i.e. epithelial functions), and to exert anti-inflammatory activity.

Source - Cristiano Pagnini, M.D., Ph.D.

Lactobacillus Rhamnosus is such an ideal probiotic to use daily in that it has been proven to survive acid and bile in the stomach and therefore is able to stick to and colonize the gastrointestinal tracts of humans. It is known to produce an antimicrobial substance that is active against a variety of bacteria, including, among others, Escherichia coli, Salmonella and Clostridium.

white cells

Studies show that Lactobacillus Rhamnosus has the ability to stimulate antibody production and enhance phagocytosis, one of the body’s weapons for destroying invaders ( this is when a white cell leaves the blood vessel and migrates to the enemy/invading microbe/bacterium; its next job is to EAT the microbe. (phago = “eating”, cyte = “cell”) and finally kill it, so that it cannot proliferate.

And finally, by adhering to and strengthening the gut-barrier which we can think of in layman’s terms as addressing “leaky gut”, L. Rhamnosus is now thought to have a wider application to include autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and allergies.

In addition, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus is known to support a balanced vaginal and gut flora, healthy urinary tract and healthy immune system function with a particular ability to help control fungal growths and inhibit pathogen survival. Partly because it encourages healthy bowel movements (it both eases diarrhoea and prevents constipation), it is highly effective at removing harmful substances from the colon and promoting the elimination of these substances.

In fact, more than 160 clinical studies have been published where Lactobacillus Rhamnosus has been shown to:
  • Shorten episodes of diarrhoea and prevent it
  • Alleviate symptoms of IBD and IBS
  • Control fungal overgrowth and ease urinary tract symptoms
  • Controlled studies have also shown that Lactobacillus Rhamnosus is effective in the treatment of several types of diarrhoea, including rotavirus, antibiotic associated diarrhoea, “travellers’” diarrhoea, and C. difficile diarrhoea.

More recent studies suggest that Lactobacillus Rhamnosus may be highly beneficial also in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease and ulcerative colitis in humans whilst probiotics, particularly ones that contain Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, might be of wider value in the treatment of canine gastrointestinal disease, so if you are a dog owner, it is well worth discussing this information with your vet.

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