Lactobacillus - Benefits for Gut Health

Lactobacillus is a type of beneficial bacteria commonly found in the digestive system. It is known to support gut health and aid in digestion.
Category
Probiotic
Where to get
Available in probiotic supplements and fermented foods like yogurt.
Applicable for
Prepared by Shruti Sahoo, reviewed by Dr. Eugene Smith

Lactobacillus FAQ


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What genus is Lactobacillus?

Lactobacillus is a genus of gram-positive, aerotolerant anaerobes or microaerophilic, rod-shaped, non- spore -forming bacteria. Until 2020, the genus Lactobacillus comprised over 260 phylogenetically, ecologically, and metabolically diverse species; a taxonomic revision of the genus assigned lactobacilli to 25 genera (see § Taxonomy below).

What is Lactobacillus used for?

Lactobacillus are commensal inhabitants of animal and human gastrointestinal tracts, as well as the human mouth and the vagina. Commercial preparations of lactobacilli are used as probiotics to restore normal flora after the imbalance created by antibiotic therapy. This article was most recently revised and updated by Kara Rogers.

What does Lactobacillus produce?

Similar to other genera in the family, Lactobacillus are characterized by their ability to produce lactic acid as a by-product of glucose metabolism. The organisms are widely distributed in animal feeds, silage, manure, and milk and milk products.

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