"Good" bacteria such as L. johnsonii might help the body break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight off "bad" organisms that might cause diseases. These bacteria are sometimes added to fermented foods like yogurt and also found in dietary supplements.
People use L. johnsonii for Crohn disease, hay fever, constipation, diarrhea, respiratory tract infections, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Don't confuse L. johnsonii with other probiotics, or with fermented food products such as fermented milk, kefir, or yogurt. These are not the same. Also note that the Lactobacillus genus was split up into 25 different genera in April 2020. Many species were reclassified at this time, but L. johnsonii remains in the Lactobacillus genus. Its name did not change. One specific strain of L. johnsonii, L. johnsonii La1 was previously known as L. acidophilus La1.
Safety Safety definitions
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if L. johnsonii is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. But there are no reasons to expect safety concerns when used appropriately.
Children: L. johnsonii is possibly safe in most children when taken by mouth appropriately. It's been used safely in infants in doses of about 10 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) daily in formula for 4 weeks. There isn't enough reliable information to know if L. johnsonii is safe for very small premature infants. Also, there isn't enough reliable information to know if heat-killed L. johnsonii is safe or what the side effects might be.
Weakened immune system: Probiotics have caused blood infections in a small number of people with weakened immune systems. If you have a weakened immune system, talk with your healthcare provider before taking probiotics, including L. johnsonii.
Damaged heart valves: Probiotic preparations can cause an infection in the inner lining of the heart chambers and heart valve. This is extremely rare, but people with damaged heart valves should stop taking probiotics, including L. johnsonii, before dental procedures or surgical procedures.
- A type of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn disease). Taking L. johnsonii by mouth following surgery for Crohn disease doesn't seem to prevent recurrence in people with this condition.
Dosing & administration
Interactions with pharmaceuticals
Interaction Rating=Moderate Be cautious with this combination.
L. johnsonii is a type of friendly bacteria. Antibiotics are used to reduce harmful bacteria in the body. Taking antibiotics along with L. johnsonii can reduce the effects of L. johnsonii. To avoid this interaction, take L. johnsonii products at least 2 hours before or after antibiotics.