What is Acidophilus?
Acidophilus is a microorganism (often called a 'probiotic') from the Lactobacillus family of natural bacteria. Its full name is Lactobacillus acidophilus, or L. acidophilus for short. Acidophilus has been well-researched in areas such as digestive health and immunity. It is naturally found in the gut, and is probably the microorganism most commonly found in natural bacteria (or 'live cultures') supplements on the market today.
Lactobacillus acidophilus can be found in 8 of the 12 OptiBac Probiotics supplements. It is important to find the right type, and strength of acidophilus for you. Scroll down to find out about our products containing acidophilus, or read on for more general information.
Why to choose our acidophilus
Which supplement is best for me?
Looking for a pure acidophilus supplement on its own? At OptiBac Probiotics we find that acidophilus works well when combined with other species of natural bacteria rather than on its own. We work hard to develop well-researched live cultures supplements, and as of yet, we have not found any evidence or clear benefit from taking acidophilus on its own. As a result, we created a blend of at least 5 billion live cultures of L. acidophilus NCFM® per capsule (alongside 15 billion viable cells of other well researched strains such as B. lactis Bl-04). You can find this in 'For every day EXTRA Strength'. We also have another premium choice, containing 50 billion live cultures of well researched strains; a third of which is made up of L. acidophilus NCFM®. This supplement is 'For every day MAX'.
At the end of the day, we would always insist that each customer takes the live cultures supplement that is best for them. So if you are looking for acidophilus, it's best to ask yourself why you want acidophilus, and then find the product that's right for you. There's certainly no harm in taking your acidophilus alongside other species & strains of natural bacteria. Find out more about our supplements containing acidophilus below.
Where to buy acidophilus
You can buy natural bacteria supplements containing acidophilus on our website here. The Lactobacillus acidophilus species can be found in 8 of our 12 products, and we use 3 different strains of acidophilus across the range.
We would always recommend you find the right supplement for you, as opposed to making a decision on other factors such as the amount of acidophilus in a capsule or sachet. It is after all, about quality over quantity!
Need help choosing the right type of acidophilus?
As mentioned above we use 3 different strains of acidophilus across our product range. Click on the relevant section below to find out which strain you need and what product contains them.
'For every day' (For daily wellbeing) contains Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52, which is a well-researched strain of acidophilus, found to have excellent adherence to the gut wall lining. Whilst it's not the most researched in the entire world, it is certainly amongst the top! This strain comes from one of the world's leading institutes of microbiology, the Institut Rosell, and it has been through numerous clinical trials. Although this supplement contains fewer billions of cells than the 'EXTRA Strength' version, it still provides more viable live cultures than the average yoghurt or supplement containing natural bacteria. 'For every day' (For daily wellbeing) also contains added FOS fibres (often known as 'prebiotics' - find out more about prebiotics here.)
[NB: If you are struggling to decide between these two daily supplements - OptiBac Probiotics 'For every day' and OptiBac Probiotics 'For every day EXTRA Strength' - more information to help you make your choice can be found here.]
'For travelling abroad' also contains L. acidophilus Rosell-52, along with some other high quality strains from the Institut Rosell. This product is ideal for travellers; look at this supplement if you wish to support your body's natural defence against bad bacteria in the gut (which can cause diarrhoea), whilst travelling. Like the rest of the range, this product does not require refrigeration.
'For those on antibiotics' contains just two strains; L. acidophilus Rosell-52 and L. rhamnosus Rosell-11. These strains have been extremely well-researched, in numerous clinical trials where they have been taken alongside antibiotics, and still shown to survive to reach the gut alive. Maintain gut health even during your course of antibiotics, with a live cultures supplement especially made for those taking antibiotics.
'One week flat' (For a flat stomach) contains the same strain of acidophilus again, and is a short term course of natural bacteria especially designed for those who suffer from abdominal bloating. This supplement comes in sachets; the contents of which can be added to cold food or drink.
'For babies & children' (For your child’s health) contains the same strain of acidophilus (Rosell-52), alongside two other species which are commonly found in the gut flora of healthy infants and children. Suitable for infants from birth to 12 years old, as well as pregnant and breastfeeding mothers; if you are looking for acidophilus to support your child's health, OptiBac Probiotics 'For babies & children' is ideal.
'For daily immunity' is a combination of natural bacteria and polyphenols, including the antioxidant vitamin C. OptiBac Probiotics 'For daily immunity' contains a strain of acidophilus called Lactobacillus acidophilus UBLA-34. This has been showed in-vitro to have good adherence capabilities to the gut wall lining, and excellent pathogen-inhibition abilities.
It is worth bearing in mind that acidophilus can come in varying strains (types) and strengths, and that different strains of acidophilus have different qualities. For example the strain Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52 is registered in the prestigious 'Collection National de Culture de Microorganisms (CNCM)' at the Institut Pasteur in France, and has been shown to help break down lactose. On the other hand the strain Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM® is registered at the North Carolina State University and has been clinically trialled in a huge amount of studies, in areas including IBS, health in the elderly, and pollen allergies.
L. acidophilus Rosell-52 under the microscope. Find out about our clinical trials here.
Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM®
With more than 35 published human clinical trials, Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM® is probably the world's most researched strain of acidophilus. (Read some of the trials here.)
In addition to demonstrating health support in human clinical trials, this has been shown in-vitro (test tubes) to have excellent survival through the stomach acidity, as well as excellent ability to bind to the gut wall lining. These are two very important factors for a natural bacteria or live culture. The large amount of high quality and varied research really sets this strain apart from other types of acidophilus. After all, when buying acidophilus it is essential to look at the quality of the strain, and not simply buy a 'generic' acidophilus supplement!
Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM® has been used and tested for over 40 years in different foods, and as far we know, at OptiBac Probiotics we are the only company in England to provide this strain in a supplement. It can be found in 'For every day MAX' which provides at least 16 billion live cultures of L. acidophilus NCFM® per capsule or in 'For every day EXTRA Strength' which provides at least 5 billion live cultures of L. acidophilus NCFM® per capsule (alongside another 15 billion viable cells of other well researched strains such as B. lactis Bl-04; this combination of different types of live cultures is thought to be a very positive thing).