Streptococcus Thermophilus is a gram-positive bacterium, a type of probiotic bacteria. Unlike the other strains of the Streptococcus genus, it is an aerobic ”friendly” bacteria that do not cause disease. It is very resistant to high temperatures, hence the terminology as Thermophilus. (1)
S.Thermophilus lives in the human body’s digestive, urinary, and genital systems. It catalyzes the fermenting process of food and can survive in the highly acidic (from gastric aid and bile juice) and deoxygenated medium without much change to its biological structure and functions in the small intestine. It lacks surface protein that helps pathogenic streptococci cling to surfaces and elude the defence mechanisms of the host body. (2)
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Streptococcus Thermophilus offers numerous benefits, as stated below:
|S. Thermophilus, due to its aerobe probiotic nature, aids in digestion in the human tract. It improves the symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders like diarrhoea and irritable bowels syndrome. It also promotes the growth of more healthy bacteria in the intestine. It is also accepted as a safe bacteria for consumption.
|S. Thermophilus aids in boosting the body’s immunity, even in infants, as it can fight the virus, fungi and other pathogenic bacteria that enter the gastrointestinal tract. It may also help reduce inflammation of the gut and boost overall health. It also serves as an effective cure for constipation and allergy risk.
|Helps in the digestion of dairy products
|S. Thermophilus is especially effective in the digestion of milk and dairy products. It uses lactic acid to break down readily fermentable carbohydrates. It is thus a boon for people having lactose intolerance.
|Helps in stress relief and anxiety
|Apart from being the panacea for a healthy gut, S. Thermophilus can at with the gut bacteria to relieve stress, depression, and anxiety symptoms.
|The probiotic bacteria also has anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. Certain strains reduce antigen-specific skin inflammation; and thus the resulting acne.
|Protects the gut
|During gastroenteritis or feelings of nausea, aches, diarrhoea, which is caused due to a virus, the medicines can only ease the symptoms but cannot kill the virus. The probiotic bacteria attack the pathogens and cure the gut by increasing colonies of more healthy bacteria.
|Elevates the mood
|Probiotic bacteria can help increase tryptophan levels in the blood, the precursor of serotonin and melatonin. These hormones are mood elevators and sleep inducers and promote a high life condition.
|S. Thermophilus reduces the respiratory tract’s viral infections and relieves nasal congestion, especially in children and older people.
|Fights bad breath
|Probiotic strains are effective in removing bad breath caused due to the prevalence of harmful bacteria in the oral cavity.
|Helps with weight loss
|Probiotics may induce weight loss and maintenance.
The administration of Streptococcus thermophilus is deemed safe for children and pregnant women. However, there is a lack of reliable evidence of its safety in breastfeeding cases. (3) It may cause infection in people with organ failure and dysfunctional gut. (4)
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