So, you’ve been learning about the difference between good bacteria and bad bacteria. Perhaps you’ve seen some of the many studies done on bacteria that sound like they’re from outer space: lactobacillis acidophilus and bifidobacterium longum. You may have read about the health benefits of these guys with weird names.
The natural outcome of this kind of discovery is to determine that you will pay attention to getting these good bacteria everyday. You arm yourself with a supply of yogurt. You cautiously decide to try something called sweet acidophilus milk. You commit to choking down some kefir every day. Maybe you’re even one of those people who likes the taste of kefir! You’re all set, right? Well, if the goal is to get the good guy bacteria to the place in your body where it will actually do some good, while your efforts are well-intended, they are far short of meeting the goal. How can that be? These foods contain lactobacillis acidophilus and bifidobacterium longum, don’t they?
The answer to that question is a qualified yes. What that means is that, while the food source itself does contain the good bacteria these little guys are surprisingly fragile. They are actually destroyed by exposure to air! So, when the container is taken off the food products, the good bacteria content starts to dissipate. (Don’t you wish the bad bacteria that make us sick were this delicate?!)
Then what happens? Well, you eat the foods, right? Therein, the good bacteria meet an even stronger foe – your stomach acid. That’s right. The stomach acid that we need to properly digest our food kills the good bacteria. Sure, some gets through to its intended destination – the colon – but there are many, many casualties along the way. So is it impossible to get a healthy serving of lactobacillis acidophilus and bifidobacterium longum every day?
Thankfully, no. It is possible to get full power lactobacillis acidophilus and bifidobacterium longum through what is commonly referred to as acidophilus capsules. OK, I know what you’re thinking. Capsules might provide protection against air, but doesn’t the stomach acid still get to the good guys when the capsules are swallowed? With many acidophilus capsules, the answer is yes. And in fact, even exposure to air can decrease the number of live good bacteria in those capsules. So those are no more effective than the food sources at supplying the wanted good bacteria to the colon.
But there are patented acidophilus capsules that have medical technology to enable them to withstand the offenders and reach the colon alive and well, ready for action. These advanced acidophilus capsules have a triple coating, protecting the contents from air, moisture and stomach acid. You can meet your goal! Go ahead and have your yogurt and even kefir if you’d like, but don’t rely on them for your daily supply of lactobacillis acidophilus and bifidobacterium longum.