Functions of Bifidobacteria

Inhibition of the growth of E. coli in the presence of acetic acid or lactic acid(with a concentration of 0.1 M, pH 6.0)

Bifidobacteria have various physiological functions, including producing organic acids such as lactic acid and acetic acid, preventing the growth of harmful bacteria, and regulating the intestinal environment. In particular, acetic acid produced by bifidobacteria has a strong bactericidal property and is thought to suppress the growth of harmful bacteria. Acetic acid can be consumed as vinegar, but it is absorbed through digestion and does not reach the large intestine. To benefit from acetic acid in the large intestine, it is important to increase the population of acetic acid-producing bifidobacteria in the large intestine.

Acetic acid is more potent than other acids for inhibiting the growth of E. coli.
Q:Do all Bifidobacteria have same effects?

It is also known that bifidobacteria produce B vitamins, such as folic acid, and help absorb nutrients. Selected Bifidobacterium strains are also being examined for various other functions, including protecting against infections such as influenza, repressing tumors, modulating immunity, and improving blood lipids. To increase beneficial bifidobacteria in your intestine it may be necessary for the bacteria to be alive in the foods and drinks when you consume them. But, this does not mean that once you consume live bifidobacteria, they will live in your intestine forever. Therefore, it is more important to make it a habit to consume them every day in order to keep them in your intestine.

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