Lactobacillus Plantarum

This species originally appeared to be one of the good lactobacillus. I though after yesterday’s post, it would be good to drill down into it to be sure.  Swanson sells it as a single species probiotic.  Most of the studies are for specific strains (which are not currently on the market).

At a high level, it looks very good

” L. plantarum attracted many researchers because of its wide applications in the medical field with antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antiproliferative, anti-obesity and antidiabetic properties.” [2016] [Full Text]

and drilling down into some details, it continue to look good

BUT then I hit this set of studies for IBS

Bottom Line

If you have IBS, definitely avoid this one. While it has some good benefits for things like aluminum – it seems not to be a good choice for CFS/IBS. IBS studies are a good proxy for CFS (when no studies exist), and multiple studies show no effect (for the same strain that occasionally have positive effect), or negative effect.

Ken’s Rule: If a probiotic has been tested for IBS with good results (and no bad ones) then it is recommended. Good results with other digestive issues — but no IBS, also recommended. No results or negative, places it in the suspect camp.

My favorites are:

  • Prescript Assist
  • Mutaflor
  • Symbioflor-2