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Acidophilus

Vitamin / Mineral Supplement Overview:
Acidophilus, or Lactobacillus acidophilus, is one of the most important bacteria found in your body, and generally reside in your digestive tract. As a probiotic, it may be used to prevent and treat anti-biotic Diarrhoea, yeast infections and urinary tract infections. Other ways it can help the body are by protecting against colon cancer and the adverse effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Furthermore, they can be taken as a preventive against food poisoning when traveling. Acidophilus can also be found in yogurt, kefir and other products.

How Acidophilus Works in Your Body:
Improve efficiency of your digestive system
Manufacture vitamins, such as, biotin and vitamin K
Produce antibacterial substances which kill or deactivate harmful bacteria
Help maintain normal bacteria balance in lower intestines
Kill monilia, yeast and fungus on contact
May lower cholesterol
May clear up skin problems
May help prevent vaginal yeast infections in women who take antibiotics or who have diabetes
May extend Life span
Potential aid for digestion of milk and milk products in people with lactase deficiency
May enhance immunity
May reduce symptoms from spastic colon
May reduce Diarrhoea related to Long-term antibiotic use

Acidophilus Occurs in:
Yogurt
Kefir
Other milk products

Using Acidophilus:
It is preferable to be administered in liquid form due to bioavailability and fast absorption in body.
Available in capsules or tablets, as a powder or in milk products, such as yogurt or Kefir.


Medical Precautions: Don't take If you:
Are experiencing intestinal problems, unless at the discretion of medical supervision
Intend on applying to vaginal area for a yeast infection


Consult your Medical Doctor If you:
Use any medicinal drugs or herbs including aspirin, laxatives, cold and cough remedies, antacids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, supplements, other prescription or nonprescription drugs.

Pregnancy:
Seek advise from your medical doctor before using this supplement. No proven supplement problems exist in pregnant women taking small or usual amounts, however the chance of problems do exist.

Breastfeeding:
Seek advise from your medical doctor before using this supplement. No proven supplement problems exist in breast-fed infants of lactating mothers taking small or usual amounts, however the chance of problems do exist.

Infants and children:
It is hazardous to treat infants and children under 2 with any supplement.

Vitamin Supplement Storage:
Refrigerate, but do not place in the freezer.
Keep out of reach of children.

Safe Vitamin / Mineral dosage:
To date, no safe vitamin / mineral dosage has been established.

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