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.
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.
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.
- Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology: Efficacy of High-dose Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG in Controlling Acute Watery Diarrhea in Indian Children: a Randomized Controlled Trial
- Journal of Dairy Research: Immune Enhancement Conferred by Oral Delivery of Lactobacillus Rhamnosus HN001 in Different Milk-based Substrates
- Journal of Pediatric Urology: Probiotic Lactobacillus Reuteri RC-14 and Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GR-1 for Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections in Catheterization-Dependent Girls with Spina Bifida
- Clinical Infectious Diseases: Clinical Indications for Probiotics: an Overview