Mar 16 2014

The Power of Lactobacillus Plantarum

Published by at 6:30 pm under probiotic supplements

A powerhouse bacteria in our BODY BIOTICSâ„¢
SBO Probiotic/Prebiotic Consortiaâ„¢

 

As we near the end of our series on the various strains of bacteria, which make our
BODY BIOTICSâ„¢ SBO Probiotic/Prebiotic Consoritaâ„¢ so powerful and effective, we
come to Lactobacillus plantarum─an important strain that is part of the 180 Lactobacillus
species. Lactobacillus is currently recognized as the largest genus of the lactic acid bacteria group.

 

 “…Lactobacillus plantarum is a resilient and highly adaptive bacterium that can survive
at vast temperature ranges (1-60 degrees Celsius/up to 140 degrees Farenheit) and a
wide scale of atmospheric pressures. The name “plantarum” indicates that this bacterium
is a “species of the plants.” According to several specialists, including Dr. Bengmark,
the adhesive properties of L plantarum make it a powerful tool to fight off pathogenic
bacteria, such as E Coli, while repairing the intestinal lining…1”

 

L. plantarum was first isolated from human saliva and can be found in plant material
and the gastrointestinal tract of animals, including humans. For hundreds of years, it
has been used for fermenting foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, sourdough bread, and
pickles.  “…It is only over the last half century that we have turned to pickling vegetables
with vinegar. Before then we used natural fermentation or salted foods or put them in a
brine solution, all methods, which allow Lactobacillus plantarum to survive and thereby
be ingested. There are some experts who believe that as we have moved away from the
traditional methods of preservation, so we have lost that daily input of good bacteria –
leading to the abundance of gastrointestinal problems that so many experience…”1
In fact….
”Dr. Bengmark notes that only 25% of the Western population eating the
typical American diet has L Plantarum colonized in their gastrointestinal system
…”1

 

According to researchers, when a healthy colony of L. plantarum lives in the intestines
they compete for the very food sources that are needed for unfriendly bacteria to survive.
By colonizing and attaching themselves to the mucosal lining (known as the villi)
L.plantarum quickly goes to work starving out these undesirables. Without their food
source or the space to live, these harmful bacteria are forced to pass harmlessly through
the elimination processes of the body.

In summary, below are a few of the wellness benefits that researchers have associated
with a healthy balance of L. plantarum in the GI tract.  These reports show that
L. plantarum is known:

 

  • ·          to be acid and bile salt tolerant, which allows it to survive the passage
    through the gastrointestinal tract of humans…2
  • ·          for promoting normal digestive health and has also been shown to be an
    effective against many digestive tract issues…3
  • ·          to be highly resistant to most antibiotics….which are a common cause of
    yeast overgrowth…1
  • ·          to help prevent and eliminate the overproduction of the yeast…1  
  • ·          to starve out and help rid the body of harmful bacteria… 3  

 

These benefits and many, many more are being discovered everyday!

 

Join us next week when we wrap-up this blog series by introducing you to the highly
beneficial SBO (soil based organisms) strains of B. subtilus and B. licheniformis—
the true “crown jewels” of our dynamic and highly effect product, BODY BIOTICS™
SBO Probiotic/Prebiotic Consortiaâ„¢.

 

Until then, healthiest of wishes!

 

Kelli

 

References:
1)  http://www.naturalnews.com/027845_probiotics_health.html

2)  http://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/Lactobacillus_plantarum_and_its_biological_implications

3.  www.probiotic.org/lactobacillus-plantarum             

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