Top 10 Best Probiotic Strains to Combat Infectious Diarrhea

Let’s face it, no one looks forward to a bout of infectious diarrhea, yet we’ve all faced it. Diarrhea is defined by the World Health Organization as three or more loose or watery stools in a 24-hour period. The condition is caused by approximately 20 different infectious agents including bacteria, viruses and parasites. In the United States, episodes of infectious diarrhea occur in children an average of two times per year. In addition, foodborne diarrheal illness results in approximately 48 million cases per year, resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations (http://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0201/p180.html ).

Infectious diarrhea typically resolves in three to seven days and the main risk to your health is dehydration and so it’s important to remain hydrated. However, hydration alone will not shorten the duration of the illness, nor will it limit stool volume. There is strong consensus that probiotics are effective in limiting the duration of infectious diarrhea. In a meta-analysis of 63 trials and 8,014 people, many of whom were infants and children, researchers showed that probiotic therapy shortened duration of diarrhea by 25 hours and reduced stool frequency https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21069673.

Here’s my short list of probiotics that have been tested and clinically shown to reduce the duration of diarrhea. Click on the links under the reference section to access the scientific literature.

Top Ten Probiotics to Fight Off Infectious Diarrhea
Probiotic StrainRankReference
Lactobacillus acidophilus11, 2, 3, 4
Lactoacillus rhamnosus GG25, 6, 7
Bifidobacterium bifidum33, 4
Bifidobacteria infantis41, 4
Enterococcus strain SF6854, 8
Lactobacillus bulgaricus64, 9
Streptococcus thermophilus79, 10
Bifidobacterium breve811
Bifidobacterium longum912
Lactobacillus plantarum102

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References:

  1. Lee, M.C., et.al.
  2. Dubey, A.P., et.al.
  3. Kianifar, H.R., et.al.
  4. Kowalska-Duplaga, K. et.al.
  5. Gaurino, A., et.al.
  6. Jasinski, C., et.al.
  7. Canani, R.B., et.al.
  8. Buydens, P., et.al.
  9. Boudraa, G., et.al.
  10. Steinke, J.M., et.al
  11. Macfarlane, S.
  12. Capurso, G., et.al.
  13. Chen, C.C., et.al.
  14. Henker, J., et.al.
  15. Kotka, M. et.al.

 

About the Author Douglas Toal

Douglas Toal, PhD is a medical microbiologist with extensive knowledge and expertise in clinical and environmental microbiology with additional training in biochemistry, metabolism and anti-aging medicine. He is board-certified in Medical & Public Health Microbiology and has performed extensive research in the cell-to-cell signaling strategies that bacteria use to communicate. His current interests include validating innovative diagnostic methods for the identification of clinical disease. He frequently blogs about the application of probiotics in human health, recent discoveries in gut microbiota function and trends in anti-aging medicine and wellness.

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