Acidophilus and Its Importance to Optimum Health
Lactobacillus Acidophilus, and other “friendly” intestinal bacteria, are called PROBIOTICS, which means “in support of life”.
Lactobacillus acidophilus is very important for improving digestion and for the forming of certain vitamins, such as Vitamins B3, B6, Biotin and Folic Acid.
Probiotics also produce natural antibiotic (antibacterial) substances, which can kill disease-causing bacteria and fight against other microorganisms such as yeast and fungus. When the good bacteria are depleted, there are multiple negative effects in the body.
Does Antibiotic Drug Therapy Kill Acidophilus?
Antibiotic drug therapy is one of the main causes of depletion of acidophilus in the body. Antibiotic drugs DO NOT discriminate between the “good” and “bad” bacteria when they are consumed.
Prolonged antibiotic drug use can kill all the probiotics, leaving the body defenseless. It is very important, if you choose to undergo antibiotic therapy, to re-introduce acidophilus and other probiotic bacteria while you are taking the antibiotics and especially after you finished the course of treatment.