Overview

Lactobacillus is a type of bacteria. There are many species of lactobacillus. These are "friendly" bacteria that normally live in our digestive, urinary, and genital systems without causing disease. Lactobacillus is also in some fermented foods like yogurt and in dietary supplements.

Lactobacillus is most commonly used for diarrhea, including infectious diarrhea and diarrhea in people taking antibiotics (antibiotic-associated diarrhea). Some people also used lactobacillus for general digestion problems, a long-term disorder of the large intestines that causes stomach pain (irritable bowel syndrome or IBS), excessive crying in infants (colic), long-term swelling (inflammation) in the digestive tract (inflammatory bowel disease or IBD), inflammation of the colon, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support many of these uses.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19): There is no good evidence to support using lactobacillus for COVID-19. Follow healthy lifestyle choices and proven prevention methods instead.

How does it work ?

Many bacteria and other organisms live in our bodies normally. "Friendly" bacteria such as lactobacillus can help us break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight off "unfriendly" organisms that might cause diseases such as diarrhea.

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