CHARACTERISTICS AND BENEFITS OF LACTOBACILLUS BULGARICUS
Science proves starter cultures made with Lactobacillus Bulgaricus can help us stay healthy
Lactic acid production from selected strains of Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. Bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus has the benefit to easily digest monosaccharides (i.e.lactose in milk). The Bulgarian starter is also capable of inducing the production of antimicrobial peptides by the epithelial cells of the host, which may have a beneficial effect in case of intestinal infection. In addition to creating a favorable environment for the digestive system, Bulgarian yogurt has an enhancing effect on the development of a healthy intestinal microbiome, dominated by good bacteria. It has the power of a PREbiotic, enhancing the performance of the good bifidogenic microbiota but without the added fiber.
Despite the fact that they are transiting species, , it has been proven that a regular intake of yogurt (200g/day) made with a high dose of live bacteria lowers triglycerides. This is a probiotic effect with an impact on our cardiovascular health.
Regular consumption of Cultured Yoghurt with Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp has also been reported to lower cholesterol, improve the immune system, reduce inflammation and has an antitumor effects.
Specially selected strains of lactobacilli can also reduce the inflammatory processes that underlie a number of diseases. Science has proven: an increase for acetic, butyric and 2-hydroxy-butyric acids (SCFA), which are the most abundant LAB (Lactic acid bacteria) metabolites could be of clinical interest, as SCFA have shown anti-inflammatory effects and seem to have the potency to prevent infiltration of immune cells, to inhibit the proliferation and activation of T cells, and to prevent adhesion of antigen-presenting cells.
Several studies have studied the effects of probiotics in immune parameters in healthy elderly volunteers and its role in the restoration of gut microbiome in relation to well-being and longevity.
Finally, the important probiotic feature of LAB is the potential to stimulate the production of anti-microbial peptides, which play important roles in host defense. The results showed an increased DEFB1 mRNA levels after yogurt treatment, compared to control.
Taken together, these results served as a basis for NOVIOTIC to focus its efforts on the development of starter cultures with probiotics that combine the beneficial effects of the Bulgarian Lactobacilli for use in the health industry.
In a Covid pandemic, healthy homeostasis, a regulated intestinal microbiome, and a properly modulated immune system are key to living a healthy and vibrant life.