Well, Viber’s, we have nearly made it to the end of Vibe’s probiotic strains from the Bifidobacterium family! The final strain we will be taking a look at in this family is B. longum. This strain is found in the gastrointestinal tract and is a major player in digestion, detoxification and strengthening the immune system!
B. longum aids digestion by breaking down those filling carbohydrates we all love to consume. This strain is very effective in digesting a wide variety of carbohydrates, including lactose, cereal grains and dried beans. These types of carbohydrates have proven to be difficult for humans to digest on their own. B. longum also serves as a scavenger, that can neutralize everyday toxins, within the body, such as copper, lead and other heavy metals. Neutralizing these toxins can result in beautiful, healthier looking skin by combatting signs of aging and/or increasing collagen production.
In regard to the immune system research has shown that adding B. longum to a diet has very positive effects. In one study, done on rats with colon cancer, proved that by introducing the strain to their system prevented further spreading of the cancer. Another study on rats given this strain proved that adding the strain resulted in decreased stress levels. In another study of elderly patients given B. longum showed heightened immune function, even twenty weeks after they had stopped ingesting the strain.
That wraps up our explorations of the Bifidobacterium family’s health benefits! Next up we will start investigating the benefits of the Lactobacillus family, with the strain L. acidophilus.
Until next time, keep on tasting the Vibe!