Probiotics are living microorganisms found in foods such as yogurt and other fermented foods like sauerkraut which can help your body’s digestive and immune systems. The overwhelming body of research has shown that probiotics can assist in the digestion and elimination of food, the production of vitamins, and the destruction of disease-causing cells (1). Bodybuilding.com Signature Probiotic contains a blend of 10 Billion CFU of Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14®, Bifidobacterium longum BB536®, and Lactobacillus plantarum 6595. CFU stands for “colony forming unit,” which is the standard scientific term for counting live and active microorganisms in each serving.
Lactobacillus Acidophilus LA-14 is a clinically studied form of probiotic shown to help eliminate harmful bacteria and opportunistic pathogens and allow your gut microbiota to create more good bacteria (2). LA-14 is resilient against your stomach acid, allowing it to bind to your intestinal tract, and it has been shown to help the body’s immune system by stimulating antibodies and lymphocytes (3).
Bifidobacterium Longum BB536 is a multifunctional probiotic shown to help the symptoms of gastrointestinal disorder, such as irritable bowel syndrome, by stabilizing the gut microbiota. Studies have demonstrated that supplementation can help alleviate abdominal pain, decrease bloating, and improve intestinal permeability (4).
Lactobacillus Plantarum 229 (DSM 6595) is a probiotic strain of lactic acid bacteria naturally appearing in human gut, which can modulate the immune system by treating the symptoms of diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and Clostridium difficile infection (5). Studies have shown anti-inflammatory properties, normalization of bowel movements, and relief from diarrhea among patients receiving antibiotic treatment (5).