- Is a ferocious member of an army of good bacteria (probiotics)
- Can control fungal growth and infection
- Protects against peptic ulcers
- Helps in the control of acute diarrhea
- Beneficial in controlling allergic reactions and disorders
- Provides protection against flu and skin infections in children
- Useful for people suffering from lactose intolerance
- Beneficial for people with inflammatory bowel syndrome
bifidum is among the most prominent and ferocious members of the army of “good” bacteria and is a widely used probiotic. According to Montrose and Floch (2005), B. bifidum plays an important role in maintaining a healthy microenvironment in the gut, controlling the growth of harmful bacteria, assisting in food digestion, and boosting the immune system. B. bifidum-based probiotics have shown amazing health benefits in infants and babies. According to Khailova et al. (2009), the use of B. bifidum supplemented food strengthened the immune system of babies who were delivered prematurely or who had a weakened immunity due to other reason(s).
Similarly, this probiotic proved to be beneficial in improving the digestive system of underweight infants (Ishizeki et al., 2004). In a study regarding the effects of B. bifidum on neonatal necrotizing enterocolitis, the use of a B. bifidum supplement in the test samples showed improvement in the symptoms and severity of NEC in about 57% when compared to the control group. Khailova et al. (2009) have suggested that the prevalence of B. bifidum in breast milk improves the digestive system of infants by reducing inflammation and maintaining a healthy mucous layer in the gut.
In addition, B. bifidum-based probiotics have been widely used for the treatment of eczema and allergic reactions. According to Matin et al. (2009), the use of B. bifidum in mothers with a family history of eczema before birth showed a significant decrease in the incidence and prevalence of eczema in their babies. In a study carried out by Hiroshi et al. (2005), they suggested that B. bifidum can control and reduce the effects of allergic reactions by inhibiting the production of IgE. It has also been shown to reduce the symptoms of allergies, including runny eyes and nose (rhinitis) in pollen allergies (Das and Shafiq, 2010).
bifum have the ability to eradicate harmful bacteria from the gut. It can reduce the growth of ulcer causing bacteria, H. pylori, and reduces the side effects caused by drugs used for the treatment of ulcers. Individuals suffering from inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) have reported to have benefited from the addition of B. bifidum-based probiotics in their diet. Regular use of B. bifidum strain 35624 can visibly reduce the IBS symptoms, especially bloating. B. bifdum also improve bowel movements and is effective in the treatment of constipation. According to Guglielmetti et al. (2011), the use of B. bifidum MIMBb75 significantly reduced the severity and symptom of inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) and helped to improve the participants’ quality of life.
The use of B. bifidum, in combination with another probiotic based on Lactobacillus acidophilus (commonly termed as HOWARU Protect), have shown promising effects in treating flu symptoms and protecting patients from contracting upper respiratory infections. Diets supplemented with this special probiotic have proven to reduce symptoms like fever, runny nose, and cough in children. The strain Bifidobacterium bifidum Bb12 has shown protective effects against rotaviral diarrhea in infants. In adults, the use of B. bifidum supplemented probiotic aids in the prevention from traveler’s diarrhea. Individuals suffering from lactose intolerance (inability to digest lactose present in milk and dairy products) have reported benefits from the regular consumption of B. bifidum-based probiotics.
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