Bifidobacterium breve is a bacterial species of the genus Bifidobacterium which has probiotic properties. Bifidobacteria is a type of bacteria that lives symbiotically in the intestines of humans. They have been used to treat a number of conditions including constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, and even the cold and flu. Some of these uses have been backed up by scientific research, but others have not. Bifidobacterium breve is a gram-positive, anaerobic, rod-shaped organism that is nonmotile and forms branches with its neighbors.
Bifidobacterium breve administered in combination with prebiotics or other probiotics and standard therapy has shown some beneficial effects.B. breve is a constituent in the therapeutic, nutritional treatment. This proprietary, standardized, formulation of live bacteria is used to treat ulcerative colitis and may require a prescription. Bifidobacterium breve may be linked to chronic obesity. A growing pool of evidence suggests that our natural gut flora can strongly affect how much weight our bodies retain. Bifidobacterium breve is a strong candidate for research concerning this issue. A study conducted by Bioscience of Microbiota, Food, and Heath(BMFH) suggests that treating pre-obese patients with the B-3 strain of Bifidobacterium breve may stop or reverse obesity.