Lactobacillus fermentum (L. fermentum) is a probiotic bacterium that is located naturally in the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, and vaginal tract in humans. It is more survivable in acid and bile than other probiotic strains.1 L. fermentum offers a number of potential benefits, including reducing cholesterol and boosting immunity. It is also one of the few strains particularly beneficial for dealing with issues more prevalent in women, like yeast infections and UTIs. Read on to learn more about why L. fermentum is a probiotic worth considering.
L. fermentum could help to control obesity
L. fermentum may assist in reducing the development of obesity by modifying the way energy is handled within the host.2 This suggests potential to create a microbiome that favors fat oxidation (breakdown) over fat storage by populating the gut with protective bacteria and preventing the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria. An important note from this study is that while all groups lost significant amounts of body fat, there was a trend toward more fat loss when probiotics were happily colonizing the intestine. The difference was about two to three pounds lost with the probiotics compared to only one pound lost with the plain yogurt.
L. fermentum offers specific benefits for women
L. fermentum may inhibit the growth of Candida albicans and demonstrates the capability to prevent yeast infections.3 Other studies have shown that L. fermentum could be effective in helping to reduce the likelihood of UTI recurrences in women.4
L. fermentum helps with cholesterol
According to this study, L. fermentum has the ability to reduce cholesterol levels.5
L. fermentum exhibits some antimicrobial and antioxidative properties. It has demonstrated the ability to suppress growth of harmful bacteria, like staphylococci, toxic enterobacteria, and common hospital-acquired infections like S. aureus and P. aeruginosa.6,7 Recent studies also suggest that it could improve resistance against influenza infections.8 According to one study, L. fermentum could be helpful in maintaining remission and preventing relapse of ulcerative colitis.9 It could also reduce the duration or severity of some infections like respiratory illness.10
L. fermentum may be able to help ease some of the negative effects of the aging process, particularly immunosenescence, which is the muliti-faceted decline in the function of the immune system that occurs during progressive aging.11 According to the test results, L. fermentum helps to resist infections and improve anti-oxidant capacity, which signify its potential in supporting healthy aging.
As with most probiotics, research is ongoing for L. fermentum, but it is clear that there are already a wide variety of proven benefits to supplementation. You want to provide your gut with a variety of beneficial bacteria to build and maintain a healthy microbiota. L. fermentum is a great candidate for that probiotic cocktail. Keep that in mind next time you’re shopping for a probiotic.
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