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Probiotic Strains

By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD

Live probiotic bacteria can be found in yoghurts and other foods fortified with probiotics. These “friendly” bacteria are also available in the freeze-dried form as tablets, sachets and powders, for example.

To understand how a probiotic strain is named, Lactobacillus casei DN-114 001 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG can be used as examples. Here, Lactobacillus refers to the genus; casei or rhamnosus to the species, while GG and DN-114 001 are unique strain designations.

Other examples of probiotic strains are give below:

Bifidobacterium

  • Bifidobacterium animalis DN 173 010
  • Bifidobacterium infantis 35624
  • Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 (DR10)
  • Bifidobacterium longum BB536  

Lactobacillus

  • Lactobacillus acidophilus LA-5 
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM 
  • Lactobacillus casei DN-114 001
  • Lactobacillus casei CRL431 
  • Lactobacillus casei F19
  • Lactobacillus johnsonii La1 (Lj1)
  • Lactobacillus plantarum 299V
  • Lactobacillus reuteri ATTC 55730
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus ATCC 53013 (LGG)
  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus LB21
  • Lactobacillus salivarius UCC118   
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus LAFTI® L10

Combinations

Some examples of combination probiotics include:

  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1 & Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus CL1285 & Lactobacillus casei Lbc80r
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus CUL60 & Bifidobacterium bifidum CUL 20
  • Lactobacillus helveticus R0052 & Lactobacillus rhamnosus R0011

Reviewed by , BSc

Further Reading

Last Updated: Jul 24, 2014

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