Overview

Lactiplantibacillus plantarum (L. plantarum) is a type of probiotic ("good" bacteria) found in the mouth and gut. It's also found in fermented foods.

"Good" bacteria such as L. plantarum can help break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight off "bad" organisms that might cause diseases. Specific strains of L. plantarum are commonly added to fermented foods like yogurt and are also found in probiotic supplements.

People use L. plantarum for eczema, high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a type of inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis), and to prevent the common cold or other respiratory tract infections. It is also used for diarrhea, constipation, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support many of these other uses. There is also no good evidence to support using L. plantarum for COVID-19.

Don't confuse L. plantarum with other probiotics, or with fermented food products such as fermented milk, kefir, or yogurt. These are not the same. Also note that L. plantarum used to be classified under the Lactobacillus genus. But Lactobacillus was split up into 25 different genera in April 2020. Some product labels might still list this species as Lactobacillus plantarum rather than its new name, Lactiplantibacillus plantarum.

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