How do you take acidophilus probiotics?


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Lactobacillusacidophilus (L. acidophilus), a strain of "friendly" bacteria, is available for oral administration in a variety of forms, including liquid L. acidophilus, freeze-dried granules, powder or capsule and tablet. For vaginal infections, probiotics vaginal suppositories are another option, explains University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC).

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UMMC suggests dosage amounts for individuals seeking to use L. acidophilus as a remedy for any of several ailments. Take 1 to 2 billion colony forming units (CFUs) per day for the treatment or prevention of diarrhea. Take 1 to 15 billion CFUs per day for maintaining intestinal health, two to three hours after taking any antibiotics if applicable. Consult a doctor about the use of L. acidophilus suppositories for a vaginal infection. Speak with a pediatrician before administering topical forms of L. acidophilus for the relief of diaper rash.

Though evidence is preliminary or mixed as of 2015, L. acidophilus and other probiotics can also potentially replace "friendly" intestinal bacteria compromised by antibiotics, treat chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, improve lactose tolerance, lower the risk of pollen allergies and enhance the immune system.

Miso, tempeh, acidophilus-enriched milk and yogurt containing live cultures are dietary sources of L. acidophilus. L. acidophilus are live bacteria. While refrigeration keeps them freshest, there are L. acidophilus products that do not degrade at normal temperatures, so check the product's label for storage recommendations.

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