Bifidobacterium is a genus of bacteria that is a vital member of your gut microbiome, being mostly responsible for providing you with a healthy immune system as its main benefit and function.
Research has shown that bifidobacteria may also have a number of other health benefits. For example, they may help to prevent or treat diarrhea caused by infections or antibiotics. They may also reduce inflammation in the gut, which can help to alleviate symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. In addition, some studies have suggested that bifidobacteria may help to prevent or treat certain types of cancer, such as colorectal cancer.
Bifidobacterium is particularly abundant in breastfed infants, where it makes up around 90% of the total bacterial population in the gut. This is because human milk contains oligosaccharides that are specifically designed to promote the growth of bifidobacteria. As a result, bifidobacteria play an important role in the development of the infant gut microbiome, which is critical for overall health and well-being. Obviously, you can see how getting this bacteria optimized is especially important for pregnant and nursing mothers.
In adults, bifidobacteria are still an important component of the gut microbiome. They help to promote digestive health by breaking down complex carbohydrates and other dietary components that the human body cannot digest on its own. They also help with bowel movement regularity, which is an important component of the natural detox process.
You can test your level of bifidobacteria through this site, and highly recommended if you have a poor diet, have received an mRNA-based injection, or are a nerdy biohacker like me.
To get more bifidobacteria in your diet, you can eat fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi, or sauerkraut. You can also take probiotic supplements that contain bifidobacteria. However, it is important to note that not all probiotic supplements are created equal, and some may be of lower quality than others. It is generally best to consult with a healthcare professional before taking any new supplements, especially if you have a pre-existing health condition. Naturopaths (NDs) are much more informed on supplementation than most MDs (especially the NDs who practice functional medicine).