Overview

Streptococcus thermophilus is a type of probiotic bacteria. These are "friendly" bacteria that normally live in our digestive, urinary, and genital systems without causing disease. Streptococcus thermophilus is commonly used to produce fermented dairy foods such as yogurt. It is also used in dietary supplements.

Streptococcus thermophilus is most commonly taken by mouth to treat and prevent diarrhea, constipation, diabetes, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

How does it work ?

Streptococcus thermophilus belongs to a group of bacteria called lactic acid bacteria. Lactic acid bacteria are found in fermented foods such as yogurt and cheese. Streptococcus thermophilus are used as so-called "probiotics," the opposite of antibiotics. "Friendly" bacteria such as Streptococcus thermophilus can help us break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight off "unfriendly" organisms that might cause diseases such as diarrhea.

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