In your digestive tract is a veritable zoo of microorganisms, a complex community that works together to keep things moving gracefully through your digestive system. Your gut flora plays a major role in your digestive health and your overall wellbeing.
According to the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, your gut bacteria supplies essential nutrients to the body, synthesize vitamin K, promote healthy nerve function in the gut, and play a role in the formation of new blood vessels. An imbalance of gut microbes can lead to a range of chronic diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, and it increases the risk of obesity and cancer.
B. lactis is a subspecies of B. animalis, a rod-shaped bacterium that’s essential for optimum GI tract function, and it’s an important component of Stonehenge Health Dynamic Biotics. Here’s what the research says about B. lactis.
B. Lactis Helps Prevent Gastrointestinal Infections
Studies in mice show that B. lactis protects against Salmonella infection, and it reduces the severity of Salmonella infections that do occur. Another study found that B. lactis reduces the severity of E. coli infections, and still another showed that it protects against Toxoplasma gondii infection. In patients with symptomatic H. pylori infection, B. lactis reduced treatment side effects and improved recovery rates.
B. Lactis Reduces Inflammation
When it was added to yogurt after fermentation, B. lactis was found to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties in healthy adults. It was shown in another study to prevent or reduce inflammation in elderly individuals, and it was found to reduce epithelial damage in mice with colitis.
B. Lactis Promotes Digestive Health
In a study of healthy adults without a diagnosed gastrointestinal disorder, B. lactis improved digestive discomfort.
A study of healthy women found that probiotic fermented milk containing B. lactis decreased the frequency of GI symptoms, and another study found that healthy adults with abdominal discomfort who took B. lactis supplementation for four weeks enjoyed more frequent bowel movements.
In a study of rats with NSAID-induced GI damage, B. lactis improved the recovery rate of the stomach mucosa, and it prevented more serious damage to the mucosa from occurring.
B. Lactis Improves Diarrhea and Constipation
A number of studies show that supplementation with B. lactis shortens the duration of acute diarrhea, decreases its frequency, and even prevents it from occurring in the first place.
In a study of women with constipation who consumed fresh cheese enriched with B. lactis, researchers found beneficial effects on defecation strength and frequency. A similar study found that fermented milk containing B. lactis increased stool frequency and consistency in adult women with constipation.
B. Lactis Improves Symptoms of Colitis and IBS
A few studies have now shown that B. lactis improves symptoms of colitis and irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. In rats with colitis, B. lactis had anti-inflammatory effects that reduced the frequency of diarrhea. And in mice with colitis, B. lactis restored intestinal permeability, cytokine levels, and colonic goblet cell populations.
In people with constipation-predominant IBS, B. lactis reduced discomfort and bloating and improved constipation.
Stonehenge Health Dynamic Biotics Promotes a Healthy Gut
A healthy population of microorganisms in your gastrointestinal system can help improve skin conditions like eczema, prevent urinary tract and vaginal infections, improve your immunity against viral and bacterial illnesses, and increase your energy levels.
B. lactis is just one of the 16 probiotic strains that make Stonehenge Health Dynamic Biotics so effective for promoting optimal digestion and keeping your gut bacteria balanced for better overall health and gastrointestinal comfort.