8 Suprising Reasons to Love Bacteria

I previously did an article on 20 Reasons to Love Bacteria.  Exciting new research is showing that there are even more reasons to love probiotics and to add them to your health regime.  Here are 8 more reasons to love probiotic bacteria:

Urinary Tract Infections

New research in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that two probiotics are almost as effective as antibiotics at eliminating urinary tract infections from the body.  The probiotics Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri taken twice daily on an empty stomach for a year caused a 51.4% drop in harmful E. coli bacteria linked to urinary tract infections.  And, unlike the antibiotics, there are no harmful side-effects of taking the probiotics.

Antibiotic Resistance

The same study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that bacteria became largely resistant to the antibiotics trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole and amoxicillin within only one month.  E. coli was between 20-40% resistant to the antibiotics at the beginning of the study but within one month they were 80-95% resistant.  That means:  the antibiotics were no longer useful.  By contrast, resistance to these antibiotics did not occur during probiotic treatment.

Yeast Infections

In a recent study published in Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, researchers found that within four weeks of supplementing with the probiotics Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus reuteri, women were 90% symptom-free from vaginal yeast infections.  When tested, 90% of the women also showed no yeast infection at the end of the study.

Strep Infections

Research published in the Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry found that Lactobacillus rhamnosus-containing milk caused a significant drop in the mutans streptococci count.  This is important since strep infections are linked with many serious health conditions.

Keep reading to discover the shocking research about the effects of probiotics on HIV and diabetes…AIDS and HIV

Research in the journal Daru:  Journal of Faculty of Pharmacy found that various Lactobacilli bacteria could inhibit the HIV virus when used vaginally.  Research of probiotics against the HIV virus or in the treatment of AIDS is still in its infancy but this exciting research suggests promise for this purpose.

Infant Eczema

Research published in the journal BMC Microbiology found that deviations in bowel flora are linked to eczema in infants.  They also found that supplementation with Lactobacillus rhamnosus offered minor but long-term beneficial effects.

Alcoholic Liver Disease

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine found that supplementation with Lactobacillus rhamnosus could help restore the altered microbial flora found in people with alcohol liver disease.

Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Research published in the journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications found that supplementation with Lactobacillus rhamnosus could improve insulin sensitivity.  Insulin sensitivity is a serious issue for those suffering from metabolic syndrome and diabetes, meaning that probiotic supplementation could play a promising therapeutic role in the management or treatment of these illnesses.

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Catrina Therrien
Catrina Therrien1 years ago

Nice to know those probiotics do so much more for your body than I initially thought!

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla2 years ago


Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia2 years ago

I notice eating yogurt regularly helps me stay healthier and have less bacterial infections.

a             y m.
g d c.2 years ago


Magdika Cecilia Perez


Magdika Cecilia Perez


Tania Koshman
Tania Koshman2 years ago

thank you!!! very interesting article

Georgeta Trandafir


Wim Zunnebeld
Wim Zunnebeld2 years ago

Thx for the post

Angela Roquemore
Angela Roquemore2 years ago

Wasn't aware of the poart about yeast infections.