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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

Dr. Richard Fedorak, a respected gastroenterologist, once said, “Bacteria adhere to the lining of the colon like icing on a cake.”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 (microbiota) in your body; however, Lactobacillus plantarum is a “superstar” probiotic that really can be powerful for the health and strength of the inner ecosystem.

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.2

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

Body Ecology Culture Starter

Boost your digestive health and immunity naturally with Lactobacillus plantarum! A rich source of hardy Lactobacillus plantarum may be found in fermented foods and drinks. You can make your own cultured vegetables and Young Coconut Plantarum “Cheese” with Body Ecology’s Veggie Culture Starter. Just follow the instructions in the box, and you can quickly and easily make your own fermented foods at home.

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

  • Be a treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)3
  • Ease symptoms of Crohn’s disease4
  • Help heal colitis4

Fermented foods are at the cornerstone behind the Body Ecology Diet – we’ve seen many address many digestive disorders with L. plantarum.

In fact, some people NEED Lactobacillus plantarum to improve their health:

  • Pregnant women can assist the healthy bacteria in their birth canal to inoculate their newborn babies.5
  • Babies may benefit from tiny spoonfuls of cultured vegetable juice to ensure their inner ecosystems are well established.6
  • Children may also benefit from L. plantarum to help clear up gut health issues and/or common digestive issues.7
  • Anyone taking antibiotics (see why below)8

Studies have shown that L. plantarum was resistant to most antibiotics8. As you may be well aware, the use of antibiotics may cause severe yeast overgrowth.  Yet, if you have to take an antibiotic (and sometimes they are essential and do save lives) the L. plantarum in your intestines may survive ensuring that a yeast overgrowth doesn’t occur there.

L. Plantarum is a bacteria that is important to include in our diet.9
Research results also indicate that L. plantarum might be effective as a probiotic with cholesterol-lowering activities.10

Lactobacillus Plantarum in Your Diet

If you want to make sure that your gut has plenty of beneficial bacteria and yeast, try experimenting with 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 microbiota contained in these supplements, what really matters most is that the microbiota 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 microbiota you need to have a thriving inner ecosystem and strong immunity.

L. Plantarum for Your Health and Longevity

Lactobacillus plantarum can provide your body with some great benefits, 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, we’d love to hear how they work for you!

Body Ecology Culture Starter

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

Sources:

1.Fedorak, Dr. Richard. Digestive Disease Week 2003.

2.Azad MAK, Sarker M, Li T, Yin J. Probiotic Species in the Modulation of Gut Microbiota: An Overview. Biomed Res Int. 2018;2018:9478630. Published 2018 May 8. doi:10.1155/2018/9478630

3.Ducrotté P, Sawant P, Jayanthi V. Clinical trial: Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (DSM 9843) improves symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. World J Gastroenterol. 2012;18(30):4012–4018. doi:10.3748/wjg.v18.i30.4012

4.Michael Schultz, Claudia Veltkamp, Levinus A. Dieleman, Wetonia B. Grenther, Pricilla B. Wyrick, Susan L. Tonkonogy, R. Balfour Sartor, Lactobacillus plantarum 299V in the Treatment and Prevention of Spontaneous Colitis in Interleukin-10-Deficient Mice, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Volume 8, Issue 2, 1 March 2002, Pages 71–80.

5. Cribby S, Taylor M, Reid G. Vaginal microbiota and the use of probiotics. Interdiscip Perspect Infect Dis. 2008;2008:256490. doi:10.1155/2008/256490

6. The Truth about Baby Probiotics:  What You Need to Know.  MamaNatural.com

7. Children May Benefit from Probiotics:  The Friendly Bacteria for Babies and Kids.  HuffPost.com

8.Gueimonde M, Sánchez B, G de Los Reyes-Gavilán C, Margolles A. Antibiotic resistance in probiotic bacteria. Front Microbiol. 2013;4:202. Published 2013 Jul 18. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2013.00202

9.Arasu MV, Al-Dhabi NA, Ilavenil S, Choi KC, Srigopalram S. In vitro importance of probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum related to medical field. Saudi J Biol Sci. 2016 Jan;23(1):S6-S10. doi: 10.1016/j.sjbs.2015.09.022. Epub 2015 Oct 9.

10. Sanders, Mary Ellen.  Evidence that Probiotics Can Improve Cholesterol Levels.  California Dairy Research Foundation.  February 2018.

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