Mar 02 2014

Why we include Lactobacillus Casei

Published by at 1:18 pm under probiotic supplements

And yet another key player in Body Biotics™
SBO Prebiotic/Probiotic Consortia™

Some things you should know about Lactobacillus Casei!

The next bacteria we want to cover, in our series, is Lactobacillus Casei. This bacteria
belongs to a strain of bacteria that also includes lactobacillus acidophilus, which we
covered earlier in our series.  One of the main benefits this bacteria provides is its proven
ability to aid in digestion, along with alleviating diarrhea and constipation.1 “…A November
2003 study published in “The Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology” found that including
a dairy beverage containing  the Shirota variant of L. casei relieved constipation after one
week…”1 Another study published in the February 2011 issue of the “International Journal
of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism” found that athletes who took the Shirota
strain of L.casei experienced fewer upper respiratory infections than the control group athletes.1

Another fascinating attribute of this bacteria is that it adapts to various ecological niches,
including the gastrointestinal tract.2 “…The characteristic of a successful Probiotic are acid
and bile tolerance, antimicrobial activity against intestinal pathogens and ability to adhere
and colonize the intestinal tract…”2 L. casei plays a vital role in the regulation of the
gastrointestinal tract’s immune system. It does this by binding to the gastrointestinal cells’
luminal surface and stimulates lymphoid tissue associated with the gut. “…This will
strengthen the innate immune response and give local and systemic immunity to the body.
To fight off the pathogens that may invade the immune system, L. casei can compete for
nutrients or adhesion site against the pathogens. They can also inhibit the growth of
pathogenic bacteria by a pH reduction through the production of organic acids such as
acetic, propionic, or lactic acid, or by producing hydrogen peroxide. Furthermore, L. casei
can secrete bacteriocins, antimicrobial peptides of cationic, amphiphilic molecules, to get
rid of the pathogens in the body.”2

So we can see that L. Casei is our gut and immune system’s friend and why it is one of
the key players in Body Biotics™ SBO Probiotic/Prebiotic Consortia™.
If you would like to delve into more information about this bacteria and its powerful
role in digestion and immune response, take a look at the links below.

Until next time, the healthiest of wishes!

Kelli

1.http://www.livestrong.com/article/409240-what-is-lactobacillus-casei/

2. https://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/lactobacillus.casei

 

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