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Lactobacillus helveticus is a type of lactic acid bacteria that’s naturally found in the gut. It’s also found naturally in certain foods, like:
- Italian and Swiss cheeses (e.g., Parmesan, cheddar, and Gruyère)
- milk, kefir, and buttermilk
- fermented foods (e.g., Kombucha, Kimchi, pickles, olives, and sauerkraut)
You can also find L. helveticus in probiotic supplements. L. helveticus has been linked to improved gut, oral, and mental health. Below we break down the research and look into the ways L. helveticus may benefit your health.
Want to learn about other probiotics? Here’s a handy dandy probiotics 101 guide.
Here we explain 16 possible health benefits.Some have proven results in human studies. Others are preliminary studies and results are reported in mice or in vitro. In vitro studies are done in cells in a lab. We’ve split them up so you can easily navigate. And while all of the studies and results are exciting, further studies, including human clinical studies, are needed to prove the results found in the preliminary mice and in vitro studies.
1. Promotes overall gut health
2. Decreases blood pressure
3. Improves anxiety and depression
Preliminary results have shown that L. helveticus and Bifidobacterium longum, taken in combination, can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
4. Improves sleep
5. Shortens the length of upper respiratory tract illnesses
6. Increases calcium levels
7. Has a positive effect on calcium metabolism
8. Treats gut infections
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9. Learning and memory
When mice were
12. Fungal growth
13. Breast tumors
There have been a few in vitro studies that looked at the cancer-fighting potential of L. helveticus. This
As mentioned, L. helveticus is a strain of bacteria commonly found in dairy products and fermented foods.
L. helveticus is also sold as a probiotic. You can find probiotics in most pharmacies, health food stores, and online. Here are some products you can get off of Amazon. We picked products that had the highest customer rating:
Make sure to research the company because these products are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Get more details on the best probiotic supplements out there.
Probiotics are measured by the number of living organisms per capsule. A typical L. helveticus dose ranges from 1 to 10 billion living organisms taken daily in 3 to 4 divided doses.
Before you begin a new supplement, consult with your health care provider or a nutritionist. Your first choice for introducing probiotics should be by eating the foods where it occurs naturally. If you choose to use supplements, do your research on brands. Supplements are not monitored by the FDA, and there could be issues with safety, quality, or purity.
L. helveticus is considered safe and has very few side effects or interactions. A few things to note:
- L. helveticus taken with antibiotics might reduce the effectiveness of L. helveticus.
- Taking L. helveticus with medications that suppress the immune system may increase your chances of getting sick.
Talk to your doctor or nutritionist before you start taking L. helveticus to make sure there are no interactions.
Probiotics and foods that contain L. helveticus could bring you added health benefits. Exactly how much of an impact, if any, will depend on your individual gastrointestinal system. Some people may be able to tolerate more L. helveticus in their diet, or as a supplement, than other people.
It’s best to eat foods that naturally have L. helveticus or start with small doses, and then add on, according to a dietary plan. Ask your healthcare provider to help you create a regimen that works best for you. And make sure to keep track of how you feel!