Lactobacillus is a type of bacteria of which Lactobacillus gasseri is one type. You can find these ‘friendly’ Lactobacillus bacteria naturally in the human gut, urinary tract, and genital system. We can also get these helpful bacteria from certain foods and from dietary supplements called probiotics.
In general, Lactobacillus helps the body to break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight disease-causing organisms. Lactobacillus is also useful for preventing and treating diarrhea. Specifically, it is helpful for fighting diarrhea related to antibiotics use (1).
In this article, we’ll look more closely at probiotics and outline some health benefits of taking a Lactobacillus gasseri probiotic.
What are Probiotics?
Every human being is born with a certain ‘gut flora’. This flora consists of beneficial microorganisms, like bacteria, that you inherit for your mother. After birth, other helpful flora begins to ‘colonize’ your body. Although this may sound like some sort of alien invasion, it isn’t.
These beneficial or ‘friendly’ bacteria perform a number of roles in your body including immune system support, synthesizing certain vitamins, and converting fiber into acids (2).
So, probiotics are live microorganisms that are good for your health. Taking probiotics as a dietary supplement can help you boost your gut flora, the healthy bacteria in your gut (3). When taken in the correct amounts, your gut is healthier, and so are you!
Specific Health Benefits of Lactobacillus Gasseri
Lactobacillus gasseri is a probiotic which is useful for a number of health conditions. In addition to its general contribution to digestive and gut health, Lactobacillus gasseri probiotic is helpful for a number of other health conditions:
According to some research, Lactobacillus gasseri couple possibly encourage weight loss and reduce abdominal fat. A British Journal of Nutrition study published in 2013 surveyed 210 obese adults.
These people were either given milk enriched with Lactobacillus gasseri or a placebo (milk without Lactobacillus gasseri). In the end, the Lactobacillus group saw an 8.5% reduction in abdominal fat compared to the placebo group after 12 weeks (4).
Lactobacillus gasseri probiotic also promotes vaginal health by preventing bacterial vaginosis. However, it is most effective when taken as a suppository. What’s more, studies suggest that Lactobacillus gasseri probiotic may also decrease menstrual pain in women (5).
In one study, participants received a product containing Lactobacillus gasseri and insulin. This product helped reduced total blood cholesterol, LDL (low-density cholesterol), lipoproteins, and triglycerides in both men and women with high cholesterol (8).
Heat-killed Lactobacillus gasseri has been shown to boost immunity in elderly adults by increasing the number of T cells (9).
In one study involved participants with an allergy to Japanese cedar, heat-killed Lactobacillus gasseri improved their nasal symptoms and enhanced their immune response (10).
When university athletes were given Lactobacillus gasseri probiotic after strenuous exercise, they experienced less resting fatigue. On top of that, Lactobacillus gasseri probiotic also elevated their moods (11).
Lactobacillus bacteria are friendly microorganisms that are native to the human gut. They help with a number of normal processes and help keep us healthy. Generally speaking, Lactobacillus helps you break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight certain unhealthy microorganisms. What’s more, it also supports your immune system support and helps your body synthesize certain vitamins. When our gut flora is out of balance, our health can suffer.
In addition to balancing gut flora, taking Lactobacillus gasseri probiotic is beneficial for a number of other reasons. It is frequently used for treating and preventing diarrhea, especially diarrhea caused by antibiotics. Furthermore, it boosts vaginal health in women and eases menstrual pain in women with endometriosis.
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