Which Probiotic Bacteria Have the Most Digestive Benefits

by Dr. David Williams
Filed Under: Probiotics, Digestive Health
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Find out which types of beneficial bacteria you definitely want in your probiotic supplement

There are many strains of beneficial probiotic bacteria that will boost your digestive health—and overall health. And when you are looking for a good probiotic supplement, you should choose one that contains a mix of a number of different probiotic strains in order to reap the most benefits from it. Some of the exceptionally powerful strains of probiotic bacteria that will specifically enhance digestion include:

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus. This probiotic strain is important for maintaining the integrity of your intestinal walls so you can enjoy maximum absorption of nutrients, and it supports a healthy immune system.
  • Lactobacillus fermentum. These beneficial bacteria help neutralize some of the toxic products made during digestion and promote a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut.
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus. Known as the premier "travel probiotic," this strain of beneficial bacteria has been found to be extremely effective in reducing occurrences of traveler's diarrhea.
  • Bifidobacteria bifidum. Both your small and large intestine need this probiotic strain for smooth, healthy digestion. It's especially helpful for proper digestion of dairy products.
  • Bifidobacteria longum. This beneficial bacteria strain helps to crowd out bad bacteria that cause discomfort and helps to neutralize everyday toxins in the gut. It also helps efficiently break down carbohydrates without producing excess gas.

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