Mar 09 2014

Body Biotics – The Importance of Lactobacillus Rhamnosus

Published by at 1:24 pm under probiotic supplements

A robust bacteria in our BODY BIOTICSâ„¢
SBO Probiotic/Prebiotic Consortia
â„¢

 

Every team’s players are unique…each member has its own special talents and abilities.
Some are adept at playing a specific role in a specific part of the playing field. Others are
known for their resiliency and strength. So is the case with one of our probiotic’s strains
of bacteria, Lactobacillus Rhamnosus. “…Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG is known for its
robust character and ability to survive the acid and bile of the human stomach and intestine…”1

Lactobacillus Rhamnosus or L. Rhamnosus is one of the most widely studied lactobacillus
bacteria. It was first isolated in the intestines of healthy humans by scientists Barry Goldin
and Sherwood Gorbach in the early 1980s.2  (That is why you will often see it referred to as
L. Rhamnosus GG, for Goldin and Gorbach). These two men “…spent nearly a decade
testing organisms until they discovered one that was a potent antimicrobial,  survived
stomach and bile acid, and was very, very sticky—it adhered well to the gut mucosa…” 3
What they discovered is that this bacteria had great tolerance for the harsh acids of the
stomach and the intestinal tract.  Not only does it survive the harsh environment of the
digestive (as well as the urinary tract), it actually thrives. Well tolerated by both men and
women, it is hugely beneficial in promoting digestive tract health, “…L. Rhamnosus
stimulates the production of antibodies and also assists in the process of phagocytosis,
a means by which the body combats dangerous invasive bacteria…”2

According to the website Clinical Education, the UK’s leading providers of post graduate
nutritional therapy education “…Lactobacillus rhamnosus has remarkable effects on
inflammation and infection.  Research shows that it is able to significantly blunt the
amounts of inflammatory cytokines that pathogenic bacteria seem to trigger—such as
TNF-alpha, interleukins, and myeloperoxidase.  Remarkably, it down-regulates
inflammation not only in the gut, but in the intestine, liver, lung and blood.  It also seems
to reduce the invasive capacity of bacteria.  As a result, it can be highly beneficial in a
variety of inflammatory diseases and infections….”3

In addition to helping in the area of inflammation, among the most common benefits
resulting from the ingestion of L. Rhamnosus has been seen with reducing the severity
of diarrhea…both the frequency and duration.  According to Livestrong.com, “A study
performed by the Department of Pediatrics at the North Bengal medical College and
Hospital in India suggests that ingestion of high doses of Lactobacillus rhamnosus
dramatically reduced the frequency and duration of watery diarrhea in Indian children…”4

I hope this helps clarify a little more about L. Rhamnosus and why it is such an important
strain in our BODY BIOTICSâ„¢
SBO Probiotic/Prebiotic Consortiaâ„¢.

Until next week,

 

Kelli

Resources:

1.               https://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.pho/lactobacillus_rhamnosus_GG_(ATCC_53103)_and_its_Probiotic_Use

2.               http://www.probiotic.org/lactobacillus-rhamnosus.htm

3.               http://www.nleducation.co.uk/resources/reviews/lactobacillus-gg-a-potent-immune-regulator-effective-in-many-disorders/

4.               www.livestrong.com/article/321660-the-benefits-of-lactobacillus-rhamnosus

 

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