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What is Lactobacillus Bulgaricus?

Lactobacillus Bulgaricus (LBB) is a probiotic bacterium that is found in the gastrointestinal tract of people living in the countries of the Balkan Peninsula and especially in Bulgaria. The bacterium was first described in 1905 by the Bulgarian student Stamen Grigorov in a report presented at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. At the time, he was a medical student in Geneva.

Stamen Grigorov studied the microflora of Bulgarian yogurt and found that the fermentation was due to a rod-shaped and a globular bacterium. Later, the rod-shaped bacterium was called Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, and the globular bacterium was called Streptococcus Thermophilus.

In his classic works, the famous Russian scientist Ilya Mechnikov – one of the founders of modern immunology, connects the longevity of the Bulgarian people with the consumption of yogurt and emphasizes the fact that Lactobacillus Bulgaricus is the only bacterium that has never harmed the human body in any way. either way. Mechnikov was the first scientist to create a medicinal preparation based on the Bulgarian beneficial bacterium, called “Lactobacillis”. Mechnkov later received the Nobel Prize for his discoveries.

Traditional yogurt and especially the good Bulgarian bacterium Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, are yet to gain popularity around the world. Many of the clinical trials conducted for the properties of our probiotic were during socialism, and after its fall, interest in it decreased for some time. The last decade has seen a resurgence, with many renowned scientists from renowned universities conducting tests on its properties. Some of the best rated probiotics on the market contain Lactobacillus Bulgaricus and have been praised for their health benefits.

Let’s look at what they have discovered so far.

What are the benefits of Lactobacillus Bulgaricus?

Early research shows that the Bulgarian good bacterium can play an important role in the treatment of the following diseases:

  • Liver diseases
  • Infectious diseases
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Dermatological diseases
  • Allergic diseases
  • Oncological diseases

What do the studies say?

Here are some of the benefits of Lactobacillus Bulgaricus scientists have found so far:

Antitumor effect

A study conducted in 1977 showed that Lactobacillus Bulgaricus had a strong antitumor effect. For the purpose of the study, a preparation consisting mainly of glycopeptide fragments from the cell wall of Lactobacillus Bulgaricus was used. It has been found to have a specific antitumor effect on sarcoma, plasmacytoma, adenocarcinoma, melanoma sarcoma, carcinoma, spontaneous tumors, and leukemia. The probiotic has low toxicity, does not reduce the process of blood cell formation and its effect on tumor tissue differs significantly from that of known chemotherapeutic agents.

Cholesterol lowering

Another study conducted in 2013 examined how LBB bacterium affects the lipid profile. Intake of Lactobacillus Bulgaricus has been found to lower levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides – a major reserve of energy stored in adipose tissue, which increases with systemic overeating, smoking and diabetes. Meanwhile, Lactobacillus bulgaricus apparently reduces the visible changes in the liver tissue and the deposition of lipids in it. In addition, our native good bacteria regulate the liver indicators AST and ALT.

Immunomodulatory effect

An interesting study from 2006 examined the immunomodulatory effects of Lactobacillus Bulgaricus. The intake of the LBB probiotic significantly increases the production of the cytokine, which is vital for the immune system – small cellular signaling protein molecules, with the help of which the immune system adapts and reacts efficiently to certain viruses, bacteria and parasites. Also, Lactobacillus increases the activity of natural killer cells (NK cells). They destroy those infected with viruses and tumor cells, while being responsible for regulating the immune response.

In cases of dermatitis

The Lactobacilli family has long had proven beneficial properties in the treatment of various skin diseases, including acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and various types of eczema. A study from 2013 examined the effects of Lactobacillus Bulgaricus in allergic dermatitis and found that LBB probiotic reduces not only the skin manifestations of dermatitis, but also the inflammation in the body provoked by the immune response to the allergen.

Post operations of the gastrointestinal tract

Abdominal surgery creates a high risk of nosocomial infections and complications that can compromise the outcome of the operation and even endanger the patient’s life. Many patients with recent abdominal surgery suffer from intestinal dysbiosis. A 2019 study evaluated the efficacy and safety of Lactobacillus Bulgaricus in 612 outpatients undergoing abdominal surgery. The findings show that Lactobacillus Bulgaricus significantly reduces the unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms caused by dysbiosis. Scientists suggest that Lactobacillus Bulgaricus may be considered effective and safe therapeutic option in the treatment of postoperative intestinal dysbacteriosis.

In inflammatory bowel disease (HCV)

A systematic review of numerous clinical trials has shown that Lactobacillus Bulgaricus may help in the treatment of ulcerative colitis. Another study found that LBB bacterium is useful in the treatment of other types of HPV, including Crohn’s disease. In addition, according to a study conducted in 2020, Lactobacillus Bulgaricus can prevent the spread of cancers associated with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Another 2018 study also looked at the effects of Lactobacillus Bulgaricus in colitis. Scientists have found that taking LBB probiotic reduces the symptoms of the disease and improves the intestinal flora. In addition, it limits the weight loss caused by the disease, as well as damage to the intestines. Based on these results, Lactobacillus Bulgaricus is thought to have high anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory potential.

For vaginal infections

The frequency of vaginal fungal infections with Candida is due to the high resistance to frequently prescribed drugs – it is observed in more than 15% of treated women. A 2015 study conducted with 436 women suffering from vaginal candidiasis reached the following interesting conclusions. The women were randomly divided into two groups. The first group took only antifungal drugs. A probiotic with Lactobacillus Bulgaricus was added to the treatment of the second group. The results of the first group show that 30% of patients develop resistance to the drugs used, and in 79.7% of them, the complaints continue after the end of treatment. In the second group, only 31.1% continued to have complaints, and the sensitivity of Candida albicans to antifungal drugs increased to 95.2%. The conclusion is that the use of a probiotic with Lactobacillus Bulgaricus in the treatment of vaginal candidiasis not only increases the effectiveness of therapy, but can also prevent the risk of recurrence and the development of resistance to antifungal drugs.

During the summer heat…

Given the hot summer days, we decided to include another interesting application of Lactobacillus Bulgaricus. Fatigue caused by the summer heat is a common complaint, along with a lack of motivation and insomnia. Scientists, in a study from 2018, prove that Lactobacillus Bulgaricus can be useful for this as well. In 49 healthy men who suffer from summer fatigue each year, divided into three groups, there is an increase in tone, lack of fatigue, more focus and motivation in the group that has been taking the good bacteria for 12 weeks.

ProLact probiotics

Nowadays, ProLact are the latest generation of probiotics manufactured by a unique technology with natural microencapsulation of beneficial bacteria. In previous generations of probiotics, manufacturers simply put in a capsule a large number of bacteria that could not withstand either room temperature or the low pH of the stomach. Some others add a carbohydrate to the probiotic bacteria to act as a nutrient medium for them so that they can remain potent for longer. Unfortunately, neither technology guarantees the number of beneficial bacteria until they reach your home or their ability to pass through the entire gastrointestinal tract to colonize the colon.

The innovative biotechnology for natural bacterial microencapsulation used by ProLact makes our good little friends create their own protective shell of proteins and mucopolysaccharides, which protects them from the environment and helps them stay viable through the acidic environment of the stomach.

How to take Lactobacillus Bulgaricus?

You can find Lactobacillus bulgaricus and other probiotics both in some foods and in the form of food supplements. The manufacturer of probiotics ProLact uses Lactobacillus Bulgaricus in all its products.

The good bacterium is found in various fermented foods, such as:

  • Yoghurt
  • Pickles
  • Sour cabbage
  • Some cheeses and yellow cheeses

When choosing a probiotic food supplement with Lactobacillus Bulgaricus, you should pay attention to who the manufacturer is and what the production technology is. The food supplement market is not regulated, so it is important for consumers to do their own research to be able to take the highest grade probiotics and other supplements.

The latest generation of ProLact probiotics are available on the market in two forms – as a probiotic food and as a probiotic in capsules. The two forms complement and potentiate their effect. In addition, there is a special category of probiotics made from pure goat’s milk. They are a great choice for people who suffer from allergies to cow’s milk protein.

ProLact Detox is a probiotic food made from cow’s milk, which contains more than 300 billion living cells of Lactobacillus Bulgaricus and Streptococcus Thermophilus – just like in the traditional yogurt. It helps to quickly restore the balance of the intestinal flora. A good intestinal flora is a guarantee that you will not encounter bloating, colic, or other more unpleasant symptoms. Combine with ProLact Detox probiotic capsules, which are enriched with silymarin (milk thistle) and support the work of the liver.

ProLact Immuno and ProLact Immuno + are another favorite probiotic combo, suitable for year-round use. Probiotic food contains pure dried honey, and probiotic capsules – bee perga, rich in many enzymes and nutrients. Both products help to increase the body’s natural defenses against viruses and bacteria.

The summer months make us quite prone to both intestinal infections and eating more junk food. Especially at sea, small corn carts or fried sweet things on the street can be the reason to spend a summer vacation in the toilet instead of the beach. ProLact Balance + comes to the rescue, which is in the form of capsules to be always with us. This probiotic is enriched with a specially selected blend of digestive enzymes and plant fibers that help the gut fight the more challenging food. Billions of live bacteria favor the return of balance in the intestinal flora.

And if you suffer from summer heat fatigue, you can take advantage of ProLact Energy +. A specially developed probiotic in capsules, enriched with Ginseng, which increases concentration, improves memory, tones the body, and increases motivation. Of course, if you spend hot summer days in the office dreaming of the sea or the mountains, even ProLact Energy + will not be able to help.

What is the daily dose of Lactobacillus Bulgaricus?

Manufacturers of probiotics measure the number of living organisms they contain. As mentioned above, many of them use older methods of production and by the time the probiotic reaches your home, most of the beneficial bacteria are no longer alive. For this reason, ProLact probiotics go through several tests for the number of colony-forming cells – immediately after production, two months later and a year later. In this way, the manufacturer ensures that what is written on the label is true.

A typical dose of Lactobacillus Bulgaricus varies from one to about one hundred billion live bacteria in a single daily dose. With ProLact, one daily dose of probiotic food (10 g) contains over 10 billion living cells, and the daily dose of two herbal capsules contains over 1 billion.

When buying a food supplement, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the package. 

Side effects of probiotics

Lactobacillus Bulgaricus and other probiotics are completely safe to use. In cases where you suffer from severe intestinal dysbiosis, you may experience stomach upset, which manifests itself in bloating and colic. This is perfectly normal. It takes some time for the beneficial bacteria to displace the “harmful” ones that have inhabited the gut. If these symptoms make you uncomfortable, reduce the dose of the probiotic in the first days or dilute it every other day. During antibiotic treatment, it is recommended that you take the probiotic 3-4 hours after taking the antibiotic. If you suffer from an autoimmune disease, consult your doctor about taking probiotics.

In conclusion…

Lactobacillus Bulgaricus is one of the discoveries we are famous for all over the world. Like rose oil, Lactobacillus Bulgaricus beneficial bacterium has gained popularity in various countries due to its unique health benefits. We will expect many more clinical trials to prove them.