Lactobacillus Plantarum: The Key Benefits of this “Superstar” Probiotic & How to Get It In Your Diet

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Lactobacillus Plantarum: The Key Benefits of this “Superstar” Probiotic & How to Get It In Your Diet

Bacteria can adhere to the lining of your colon like icing tops a cake, but you need to make sure that healthy bacteria, like Lactobacillus plantarum, are populating your gut instead of the pathogenic kind.

“Bacteria adhere to the lining of the colon like icing on a cake,” says Dr. Richard Fedorak, a respected gastroenterologist.1

Unfortunately, all kinds of bacteria (both good and bad) can adhere to the lining of your gut. So how can you be sure that you have more healthy bacteria in your body than the pathogenic kind?

Probiotics Are the Place to Start

Probiotics are the good bacteria and yeast you need in your intestines to:

  • Digest food
  • Absorb nutrients
  • Make vitamins
  • Build immunity
  • Eliminate sugar cravings
  • Eliminate cravings for carbs

Right now, you have a variety of these good bacteria and yeast (microflora) in your body; however, Lactobacillus plantarum is a “superstar” probiotic that you absolutely need in your inner ecosystem to keep you healthy and strong.

Lactobacillus Plantarum

Lactobacillus plantarum (or L. plantarum) is one kind of beneficial bacteria that is commonly found in Korean kimchi, sauerkraut, cultured vegetables and even human saliva!

L. plantarum can live in your gut and keep pathogenic disease-causing microorganisms from flourishing.

And similar to the way icing sticks to a cake, L. plantarum creates a healthy barrier in your colon to keep dangerous bacteria from penetrating the lining of your intestines and entering your blood stream.

Besides maintaining the integrity of your intestinal lining, L. plantarum can:3

  • Be a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Ease symptoms of Crohn’s disease
  • Help heal colitis

L. plantarum is one of the best probiotics to address digestive distress!
In fact, some people NEED Lactobacillus plantarum to improve their health:

  • Pregnant women can ensure that they have healthy bacteria in their birth canal to inoculate their newborn babies.
  • Newborn babies benefit from tiny spoonfuls of cultured vegetable juice soon after birth to prevent colic and to ensure their inner ecosystem is well established.
  • Autistic children benefit from L. plantarum as it helps clear up common digestive issues.
  • Children with ADD/ADHD often find relief when using probiotics.
  • Anyone Taking Antibiotics (see why below)

Studies have consistently shown that L. plantarum was resistant to most antibiotics. As readers of this newsletter are well aware, antibiotics are causing severe yeast overgrowth in millions of people including our children. Yet, if you must take an antibiotic (and sometimes they are essential and do save lives) the L. plantarum in your intestines will survive ensuring that a yeast overgrowth will not occur there.

L. Plantarum is a bacteria we all need in or diet from birth to the day we draw or last breath.
Research results also indicate that L. plantarum might be effective as a probiotic with cholesterol-lowering activities.

Body Ecology’s Culture Starter makes delicious cultured vegetables, cultured whipped butter, and crème fraiche; ALL with health-enhancing bacteria like Lactobacillus plantarum.

Lactobacillus Plantarum in Your Diet

If you want to make sure that your gut has plenty of beneficial bacteria and yeast, then you need to experience delicious fermented foods and drinks.

Koreans have known for centuries that vegetables fermented with L. plantarum have health benefits, and now you can make your own probiotic dishes at home!

Body Ecology’s Culture Starter makes it easy to ferment all kinds of vegetables with L. plantarum and four other strains of beneficial bacteria that are specifically included to help recolonize your intestines with the “good guys.”

With our Culture Starter and easy directions, you’ll be able to craft your own special fermented food recipes, or try ours for Korean kimchi and cultured vegetables. You can even use Culture Starter to make cultured whipped butter and crème fraiche!

Or, if you love Young Coconut Kefir, you can also use the same coconut water with L. plantarum by using Culture Starter to ferment the young coconut water.

This makes a nice alternative to using Kefir Starter and gives you a variety of strains of bacteria to choose from. For more information, read: Which Fermented Food Starter Should You Use For What?

While probiotic supplements are popular these days, they vary in terms of potency and effectiveness. More than the high numbers of microflora contained in these supplements, what really matters most is that the microflora must be super hardy and able to survive the long trip down into your intestines. This would include environments like harsh stomach acids, an acidic toxic small intestine, acidic bile, parasites etc. Your goal is to recolonize your intestinal tract and it is not all that easy to accomplish.

But Body Ecology’s fermented liquids and starters like the Culture Starter are designed to do exactly that, giving you the healthy microflora you need to have a thriving inner ecosystem and strong immunity.

L. Plantarum for Your Health and Longevity

Lactobacillus plantarum is essential to good health, and fortunately it’s an easy probiotic to incorporate into your diet.

While we’ve all grown up with a fear of bacteria, it’s mostly because we only heard about the bad guys, without understanding that our inner ecosystem NEEDS plenty of good bacteria and yeast to thrive.

L. plantarum is one of the good guys and as you include fermented foods and drinks in your diet, you’ll see how this good guy can keep you healthy and strong for the long term!


  • Fedorak, Dr. Richard, Digestive Disease Week 2003. http://www.crohns.net/Miva/education/articles/fedorak_DDW.shtml
  • Fedorak
  • Niedzielin K, Kordecki H, Birkenfeld B.A controlled, double-blind, randomized study on the efficacy of Lactobacillus plantarum 299V in patients with irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Nguyen, T.D.T. et. al., Characterization of Lactobacillus plantarum PH04, a potential probiotic bacterium with cholesterol-lowering effects. International Journal of Food Microbiology. Volume 113, Issue 3, 15 February 2007, Pages 358-361.

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