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The Benefits of Lactobacillus Rhamnosus

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author image Robert Shifko
Robert Shifko has more than 17 years' experience in the health care industry. Throughout his career, he has gained experience in pharmacologic research, clinical nuclear medicine, and most recently radiation health physics. He has obtained several certifications in nuclear medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics and as a medical radiation safety officer. He has always supported LIVESTRONG.
The Benefits of Lactobacillus Rhamnosus
A grandmother and granddaughter eat plain yogurt together on the couch. Photo Credit szefei/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

Lactobacillus rhamnosus is a probiotic or beneficial type of bacteria. This form of bacteria may be obtained by increasing dietary intake of certain fermented foods, such as plain yogurt. When probiotic bacteria are broken down in your body, they release certain chemicals that create a toxic environment, which makes it difficult for the harmful bacteria, which cause infection and disease, to survive. According to Barry Goldin of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, lactobacillus rhamnosus is the form of probiotic bacteria with the greatest health benefits.

Reduces Diarrhea

The most common benefit that results from increasing intake of lactobacillus rhamnosus is that it can reduce the frequency and duration of diarrhea. 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. This study also revealed that the requirement for intravenous therapy and length of hospital stay was also reduced in conjunction with the treatment of high doses of lactobacillus rhamnosus.

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Overall Immunity

Research suggests that increasing dietary intake of lactobacillus rhamnosus may provide an overall boost to your immune system. A study performed at the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health at Massey University in New Zealand revealed that consumption of lactobacillus rhamnosus in milk products provided a boost in phagocytic activity of blood and peritoneal cells. This finding does confirm that consumption of lactobacillus rhamnosus can increase the overall function of your immune system.

Urinary Tract Health

Research studies vary in regard to the overall benefit of lactobacillus rhamnosus in the urinary tract. Lactobacillus rhamnosus cannot adhere to the lining of the urinary tract as it can to the intestinal tract, so the ability to rid bacteria from the urinary tract is not as great as in the intestinal tract. However, a study performed by Michael Hsieh at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston suggests that the presence of lactobacillus rhamnosus may not reduce the number of harmful bacteria in the urine, but it may reduce the incidence of febrile urinary tract infections associated with the bacteria in the urine.

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