There is no other probiotic strain that is more important than Bifidobacterium bifidum. This is the most common species of good bacteria found in the mammal organism, regardless whether talking about animals or humans. It is among the first strains contributing to the development of the immune system and the first time when it starts developing in the organism is in the infancy, when it gets passed along from mother to child during breastfeeding.
Also, a lot of the bacterial content is transmitted from mother to infant during childbirth, through the vaginal canal. The effect is greatly reduced when caesarean is involved, which is why doctors always recommend the natural birth versus the said invasive procedure.
It is why children who have not been breastfed tend to have a weaker immune system than their counterparts. After entering the human body in the first months of life, it slowly colonizes the entire organism and it primarily focuses on the colon, the lower intestine, the vagina and the digestive tract.
Since Bifidobacterium bifidum is so intimately linked to our biological functioning, the benefits are diverse and they contribute to defining the wellbeing of a person. The most conclusive effects that have been observed so far include:
Not only does it prevent diarrhea in children and infants, a common affection in the early stages of life, but it also prevents the same illness in adults, more precisely the traveler’s diarrhea. The causes for this affection could range from antibiotic usage to radiation and even as a side effect of chemotherapy or other health problems.
You would not think antibiotics could hurt you, but they do and it all resides in their effects. Antibiotics destroy both the good and the bad bacteria, completely indiscriminately. Bifidobacterium bifidum protects the good bacteria from being taken down, which will minimize the impact and protect against the side effects that may occur after antibiotic usage, like diarrhea.
This probiotic strain is effective in assisting the immune system against the pathogenic invaders and can increase its efficiency against a wide range of bacterial species.
This also includes regular cold. The Bifidobacterium bifidum strain protects against the flu virus and strengthens the organism during the convalescence.
Bifidobacterium bifidum is effective in reducing the impact of lung infections in children, especially when combined with other strains, and it is known to reduce the intensity of fever, cough and the need for drugs during the affection.
Other useful benefits include assistance in the case of hepatitis, reducing the impact of lactose intolerance, reducing the symptoms in the case of several cancer types, providing assistance in Lyme disease, treats the yeast infections in the vaginal area, treats atopic eczema, a skin problem mostly occurring in children and infants.
In the case of generally healthy people, Bifidobacterium bifidum is safe and has not caused any meaningful side effects, aside from the regular temporary bloating and gasses. However, this is not always the case. In some particular cases, the probiotic usage could turn dangerous. We are talking about people suffering from compromised immune systems or who have venous catheters or heart valve diseases. In their cases, the probiotic consume could be dangerous, because it could even trigger conditions like bacteremia and sepsis.
The same goes for prematurely born infants, whose immune system is not completely developed.
The first and most compelling source for Bifidobacterium bifidum are breast milk. Other sources include fermented foods, dairy products, and supplements, containing mixes of different probiotic strains.
The dosing varies, depending on each case. For IBS, the recommended dose is 1 billion CFUs for infants, for lung infections the recommended dose is 5 billion CFUs and so on. Usually, the doses are prescribed on the supplement’s label. If you only intend to take Bifidobacterium bifidum from foods, consult your health specialist in advance for a plus of safety.