Acidophilus

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Introduction Acidophilus is an "umbrella" name for a category of probiotics. These probiotics, as defined by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, are "live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host." (1) One of the main functions of probiotics in the acidophilus group is to provide aid in the digestion process. Some of these bacteria include: Lactobacillus (L.) acidophilus, L. bulgaricus and L. fermentum. Lactobacillus acidophilus is found naturally in humans in the mouth, the intestines and the vagina. Classified as "healthy" bacteria, L. acidophilus helps guard against infections and...

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