Lactobacillus is a type of bacteria. There are lots of different species of lactobacillus. These are “friendly” bacteria that normally live in our digestive, urinary, and genital systems without causing disease. Lactobacillus is also in some fermented foods like yogurt and in dietary supplements.
Lactobacillus is group of rod-shaped, Gram-positive (it retains crystal violet dye), non-spore-forming, facultative anaerobe (it can produce energy through glycolysis and fermentation when oxygen is not present) bacteria.
Some people take lactobacillus by mouth for general digestion problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colic in babies, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), inflammation of the colon, too much bacterial growth in the intestines, constipation, to improve outcomes after bowel surgery, and to prevent a serious gut problem called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in babies born prematurely.
It is also taken by mouth for high cholesterol, swine flu, HIV/AIDS, lactose intolerance, Lyme disease, hives, to prevent cancer, and to boost the immune system.
Diarrhea in children caused by a certain virus
Preventing diarrhea caused by antibiotics
Treating vaginal infections
Preventing diarrhea due to cancer treatment (chemotherapy)
Treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Treating a bowel condition called ulcerative colitis
Many bacteria and other organisms live in our bodies normally. “Friendly” bacteria such as Lactobacillus can help us break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight off “unfriendly” organisms that might cause diseases such as diarrhea.
The strength of Lactobacillus products is usually indicated by the number of living organisms per capsule. Typical doses range from 1 to 10 billion living organisms taken daily in 3-4 divided doses.