What is bifidus regularis? Scroll down to know more about this probiotic. benefits…
Bifidus regularis is a type of microorganism that is used as a ‘probiotic’. The term probiotic is used for those live microorganisms, which on administration in adequate amounts have certain health benefits on the host. Lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria are the most commonly used microorganisms as probiotics. Bifidus regularis belongs to the second type and is found in yogurt. Research has shown that it is similar to the numerous bacteria naturally occurring in the human gastrointestinal tract known as ‘commensals’. This particular strain of bacteria, bifidus regularis, was developed by a French dairy company and was trademarked by Dannon. It is claimed to have a lot of health benefits.
Probiotics are considered as friendly bacteria that are present in live condition on the host and confer certain health benefits to them. According to the World Health Organization, probiotics, if consumed in adequate quantities, on a regular basis, can be beneficial for the body, as they help in strengthening the natural defenses of our body. The increased amount of good bacteria in the intestinal tract, makes the digestive processes run smoothly. Probiotics are also known to control certain yeast infections and even urinary tract infections.
Role of Bifidus Regularis
Bifidus regularis is a strain of probiotic microorganism designed specifically for Dannon Activa yogurt and other products. They are very much similar to the naturally occurring intestinal bacteria. The intestinal bacteria get depleted with age, use of antibiotics or due to several other reasons. Bifidus regularis cultures are healthy for the colon as they replace the depleted good bacteria and perform the same function as the naturally occurring ones. They help in removing all the waste matter from the body quickly and efficiently, thus enhancing the function of the digestive system. The faster the transit time, the smoother the process of digestion. This in turn helps to improve the digestion and thus keeps the problem of constipation away.
Consuming the bacteria containing yogurt for a span of about two weeks can provide enough bifidus regularis in the intestine to speed up the transit time. However, to maintain the benefits, one needs to consume the products regularly. Bifidus regularis is also known to boost the immune system, thus keeping our body protected against various diseases and infections. It does so, by strengthening our natural defense systems. Another benefit is that it improves the symptoms of lactose intolerance.
However, there is a controversy about the bifidus regularis as it has been linked with certain health conditions like diarrhea, stomach cramping, gas and vomiting. Those who are prone to constipation or other digestive problems, should consult a health care provider before consuming bifidus regularis containing products.