Lactobacillus helveticus is a type of bacteria found in the mouth, intestine and vagina. It’s a member of the Lactobacillus genus of bacteria and it plays an important role in human health, generally by improving or restoring the gut flora. Its name gives an indication of what it produces — lactic acid. It does this by producing an enzyme called lactase. Lactase breaks down lactose, a sugar found in milk, into lactic acid.
Lactobacillus helveticus is used in many dairy products, sometimes together with Streptococcus thermophilus and Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus in the production of yogurt.
Lactobacillus helveticus is commonly used to treat digestive disorders and vaginal inflammation, as well as to promote the growth of good bacteria.
When consumed in combination with other friendly strains of bacteria, L. helveticus helps prevent and treat diarrhea.
Dietary supplements containing L. helveticus are widely available as capsules or tablets.
In addition to use as a supplement, L. helveticus is found in some dairy products, such as yogurt, as well as many fermented foods, such as sauerkraut. It is also commercially added to many foods.
Administration of friendly strains of bacteria is associated with a reduced risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) by 42%.
Probiotics for the prevention and treatment of antibiotic-associated diarrhea: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Hempel S et al. JAMA 2012;307:1959–69. Probiotics for the prevention of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea in adults and children. Goldenberg JZ et al. Cochrane database Syst Rev 2013;5:CD006095.
Friendly strains of bacteria can reduce episodes of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and the number of antibiotic treatments by 79%.
Probiotic and cranberry supplementation for preventing recurrent uncomplicated urinary tract infections in premenopausal women: a controlled pilot study. Koradia P, Kapadia S, Trivedi Y, Chanchu G, Harper A. Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy 2019 (DOI: 10.1080/14787210.2019.1664287)
About 20% of women normally have Candida (a type of fungus) in the vagina without having any symptoms.
Vulvovaginal candidosis. Jack D Sobel. Lancet 2007;369:1961-71. (DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(07)60917-9)
Exercising regularly brings a whole heap of benefits both short and long term to every aspect of your health. Improved cardiovascular fitness1 reduced blood pressure2 increased muscle strength and endurance3 increased bone density4 increased lung capacity5 improved metabolism6 increased energy levels7 to list a few, and it doesn’t stop at physical benefits.
A healthier, happier quality of life starts with your unique microbiome.