Acidophilus Capsules

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.

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46 Responses to Acidophilus Capsules

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  2. Hedy says:

    When is the best time to take Acidophilus, before, after, during meals? Is it better on an empty stomach?

    • Anne says:

      Good question, Hedy. Testing has shown that some acidophilus products retain a higher percentage of good bacteria survival when taken on a full stomach than on an empty stomach. That would suggest maximum effectiveness if taken after meals. Even on a full stomach, however, these products deliver only about 40% or less of the probiotics that were present before ingestion. The stomach acid destroys the micro-organisms.

      There is an acidophilus capsule, however, that is not affected by stomach acid. These patented acidophilus capsules have a triple coating, protecting the contents from air, moisture and stomach acid. This advanced medical technology means you get full delivery of the helpful bacteria no matter when you take them – before, after or during meals, empty or full stomach. And you get 100% of the live micro-organisms delivered to your colon where they can provide the desired health benefits.

  3. Mary Olin says:

    WHY DOES IT SAY “REFRIGERATE AFTER OPENING”? WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT REFRIGERATE THESE CAPSULES. I AM GOING ON A TRIP AND I NEED TO KNOW.
    THANKS

    • Anne says:

      Good question, Mary, especially at this time of year when travel is so common. Many acidophilus supplements do say “refrigerate after opening”, and this is because the delicate shelf life of the good bacteria can use all the help it can get.

      So, what happens if you do not refrigerate those products that recommend it, is that the product efficacy is even lower than when refrigerated. You will not be getting the levels of acidophilus stated on the label to be present at the time of manufacture.

      There ARE acidophilus products that do not require refrigeration, however, and these are ideal for travel (as well as a better buy to begin with because of how they are formulated). I’m talking about patented acidophilus capsules that have a triple coating, protecting the contents from air, moisture and stomach acid. This advanced medical technology means no refrigeration is necessary.

      Hope you have a good trip!

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  5. Saranys says:

    hai Im saranya from chennai and i dont have long hair and also i have some hair loss problems if this tablets i use means what will happen for my hair.Can i get good solution?

  6. joseph repollo says:

    i am afflicted with halistosis/bad breath. i’ve heard that taking acidophilous capsule help in the treatment of bad breath.

  7. cecille manalili says:

    my niece is turning nine on january and she has skin asthma. is it safe for her to take this capsules? is it available in the drug store?

    • Anne says:

      Thanks for your question, Cecille. It is perfectly safe for your nine year old niece to take the acidophilus capsules described in this post. The patented delivery technology they offer is not available in the drug store, but as explained in the post that tells you Where to Buy Lactobacillus Acidophilus, they can be purchased from a trusted vendor online by clicking here.

      You sound like a wonderful aunt :-) . I hope your niece does well!

  8. Kanwar says:

    Hello ,
    I am suffering from sinusitis ,does these capsules help me?
    please reply……

  9. Monique says:

    I have reacurring bacterial infections “down there”. Im doing everythng Im suppose to do, but it keeps coming back for some reason. Will these pills help? And where can I find these pills from?

    • Anne says:

      Sorry to hear about your health challenges, Monique. Restoring the probiotics that are vital to the proper functioning of your immune system can definitely help with recurring infections. And, if you’ve been on antibiotics for those infections, your intestinal flora is further disrupted (antibiotics kill the good bacteria along with the bad bacteria), which is all the more reason to use both a prebiotic and the probiotic acidophilus. You can order these from here.

  10. Monique says:

    My noise is always running, & Im always sneezing. I’ve tried NUMEROUS allrgy meds AND cold meds, but nothng has worked!Im so fed up, does acidophilus have anythng2 do with fixing this problem?I dont kno what else to do and my doctor is all out of answers too

    • Anne says:

      It would seem, Monique, that your body is giving you multiple indicators that it could use some support for your immune system strength. And that support would definitely include an acidophilus supplement. And if your symptoms are being specifically caused by an allergy, this is also an area where improving your immune system response can help. Allergy relief is definitely on the list of acidophilus health benefits.

      Because their quality varies so widely, the question of Where To Buy Lactobacillus Acidophilus is an important one. You can find the Best Probiotics on the Market to Take by clicking here.

      There are also other natural, nutritional approaches that I think may be very helpful for you, Monique, and I will private message you about that.

      • M.T. says:

        Yes, please message me about those. Thanks so much!

        • Anne says:

          You bet! I’ve sent you another private message, M.T., and if any other readers would like additional info about a comprehensive approach to naturally strengthening your immune system, feel free to contact me via this online form.

  11. dan says:

    hey I used to get canker sores in my mouth at least once a month. I started to take acidophilus with bifidus daily and I have not had any since. I was wondering if I should keep taking them forever kind of thing or if I should take a month break in between each bottle i purchase.

  12. M.T. says:

    Is there a difference between acidophilus and probiotic acidophilus? if so, Which one is best for bacterial infections down there?

    • Anne says:

      The terms probiotic acidophilus or just acidophilus or just probiotics are interchangeable, M.T. They all refer to acidophilus supplements and the right kind can definitely help with bacterial infections down there. The form I believe to be the most effective can be purchased here.

  13. Arvind says:

    Hello!
    I have been suffering from jock itch for more than 8 months! :-( It has made my life so uncomfortanle, I have had sleepless nights in these days and it hurts me emotionally as well., I have visited the doctor and various main anti-fungals like terbinafine,flucanazole, cortisone etc tablets and micanazole, flucanazole, hydrocanazole etc ointments have also not helped ., I am continuing the medication but there has not been a result. The itch is in small round areas my knee, hand and leg too apart from occupying the full inner thighs and right buttock. Will acidophilus tablets help? Please help me..,please!

  14. narayanan says:

    Dear Madma,
    While searcig in internet,i happend to read lot of side effect for this medicine(acidophilus 100).Please let me know the side effect of this medicine.I am a BP patient.Any problem for taking this medicine with my regular BP medicine?

    Brgds
    Naran

    • Anne says:

      Thanks for your question, Naran. When you are taking prescription medication, it is typically recommended that you check with your physician about using any supplement at the same time.

      In general, there are many Acidophilus Health Benefits, so the side effects are typically side benefits! There can be some effects, though, of supplying the “good” bacteria to your intestinal tract, that don’t feel like a benefit at first. As the good bacteria supplant the bad bacteria, and the bad guys die off, one may feel worse before noticing the benefits. And if one is providing prebiotics before the probiotics are widespread enough to consume that important “food”, there can be some intestinal discomfort as well. (see Prebiotics vs. Probiotics – What’s the Difference? if you’re not familiar with how these two work together)

      Perhaps the side effects you’ve read about are referring to these natural body responses to the introduction of the Probiotic Acidophilus. If you’d like to discuss your particular situation further, feel free to contact me through this online form.

  15. Eric says:

    Can ‘Acid’ophilus give one ‘acid’ reflux?

  16. Lena says:

    How many times a day can one take Acidophilus?

    • Anne says:

      I’m not aware of any daily limit, Lena. Even if you were concerned about getting too many good bacteria, most acidophilus capsules do not offer a very high percentage of actual culture delivery to the colon, so it wouldn’t be an issue.

      IF you’re using the Best Probiotics on the Market to Take that guarantee live delivery to the intestine, I personally know some folks take this product two or three times a day.

      Thanks for your question!

  17. Rubieee says:

    my husband seems to have a slight case of thrush. If I purchase this for him… do you think it will help??

  18. Donna R says:

    Thank you for being so helpful we need more people like you.

  19. Julia says:

    Hi I started to take a probiotic a couple of days ago because I Had a flare up of what has been cronic sinusitis. I have had a deviated septum for years and a work environment that had a lot of mold issues. I no longer work in the moldy environment. First time a took prolonged doses of antibiotic prscribed by my M.D., last time I had a flare up, I took garlic, oregano, and silver, this time I added a probiotic and my sinuses became inflamed on the left side, the side that is affected by the deviated septum. The swelling was in the cheek area, down the throat on the same side and behind the left eye. I also had swelling of the gums on the left with a large blister in the same area but nothing on the right, all of these symptoms began to resolve within four hours of taking the probiotic, Is this normal?

    • Anne says:

      So sorry about your health challenges, Julia. Noticeable improvement within four hours of starting a probiotic is probably not typical, but neither is it abnormal. Different bodies with different situations will respond within varying time frames to nutritional support. Glad your symptoms are resolving!

  20. Katrina says:

    Today I’ve started potent ProBiotic Acidophilus *2 capsules daily* 3 billion live cells per capsules. Basically the reason why I started these pills are for several reasons and they are: diarreah and feeling nauseas due to a slight food poisioning. Was reading on this and it says it can help with food poisioning symptoms that can lead to dehydrtation. Another, reason I’m taking these pills are for a slight yeast infection that I caught while being sick and having to take amoxicillian, as well as, was reading this can help with acne flare ups. Not sure if this is true, but it Acidophilus is known to be good Bacteria and acne is basically caused by bacteria, parasites or in some cause parasites, etc etc. For the past maybe two years, I’ve been taking Cape Aloe and Aloe Vera to help with my acne, digestive problems and as a blood purify and it has done miracles, but I stopped for a while because my body has gotten immuned to it. Maybe two months I started concentrated Garlic extract *substitute for the aloe* for immune support and it has done alot , but would there be an reaction with the Acidophilus while taking my Garlic vitamins? Especially with the consumption of taking Aloe on and off?

    • Anne says:

      I’m not aware of any negative interactions between acidophilus and garlic or aloe vera, Katrina. That being said, there can be impurities or quality issues in some “natural” supplements that can lead to what may seem like “interactions”. Just something to be aware of. I’d encourage you to be sure that all the brands you use can guarantee full purity and safety (believe it or not, many can’t!).

  21. maria says:

    I have flare-ups of diverticulitis and am trying to avoid antibiotics. Will acidophilus caps help me with constant feeling of soreness in lower left quadrant? I take omega 3 vitamin E activia, but can I be helped with caps.?

    • Anne says:

      Yes, Maria, Acidophilus capsules that can guarantee live delivery to the colon (intestine) can certainly help with diverticulitis symptoms.

  22. Kim says:

    I’ve been having stomach/digestive problems and purchased a bottle of the Acidophilus tablets. It does say on the bottle that they need to be refrigerated, but I don’t always remember to take them due to the “out of sight/out of mind thing” so I put some in a bottle in my purse so I can remember to take them at work. I’ve noticed that the surface of the tablets are not smooth anymore and there is powder from the pills on the bottom of the bottle. I’m wondering if it is because of the friction from inside the bottle or is it a sign of “breakdown” and I maybe I shouldn’t take them? I had them in the same bottle with my potassium pills and those pills are still smooth on the surface – it’s just the acidophilus that are rough and losing their smooth surface. Are they safe to take in this condition or should I be only taking them from the fridge?

    • Anne says:

      Thanks for your question, Kim. Sorry to hear about the digestive problems. I can’t speak specifically to the brand of Acidophilus tablets you happen to have, but I do know that these good bacteria are relatively fragile little buggers ;) , and are killed by exposure to oxygen, moisture and even just over time when not properly protected. Hence, many brands suggest refrigeration, although even this does not guarantee much.

      I have no way of knowing whether taking the tablets you have now in their current condition could be harmful, but I strongly suspect their potency is significantly diminished. To avoid this and eliminate the refrigeration issue all together, visit What Are The Best Probiotics on the Market to Take.

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