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Lactobacillus sporogenes is a name that is often incorrectly used when discussing Bacillus coagulans, a type of probiotic bacteria. Probiotics are microbes that offer positive health benefits when consumed live. I can be used for treating and preventing diarrhea, including infectious types such as rotaviral diarrhea in children and traveler’s diarrhea. It is also used to prevent and treat diarrhea associated with using antibiotics.
Lactobacillus sporogenes do exhibit traits that are advantageous over other Lactobacilli, including the commonly used Lactobacillus acidophilus. L. sporogenes are able to tolerate higher temperatures, which makes manufacturing easier and cheaper. It also prolongs the shelf life of the supplement. L. sporogenes also tolerate the acidity of the gastric system, meaning that more of the bacteria is viable (able to live) once reaching the intestines. A probiotic is only functional if it can reach the intestines, implant and grow, thereby having a chance to perform its beneficial duties.
Lactobacillus sporogenes was discovered in 1933. It was originally assigned to the Lactobacillus genus as it exhibited characteristics of this group, including its ability to produce lactic acid. However, in 1939, the bacteria were reassigned to the Bacillus genus because they had the ability to form spores, which typical Lactobacilli cannot. So the correct name for this bacterium is Bacillus coagulans. However, even to this day there is debate on the correct classification of this bacterium because it does seem to have traits of both families.
- Decrease constipation and diarrhea
- Help decrease inflammatory bowel
- Speed up recovery after the use of antibiotics
- Treating a bowel condition called ulcerative colitis
- Decrease length of bacterial bladder infections
- Preventing diarrhea due to traveling
- Preventing diarrhea in hospitalized adults
- Colic in babies
- Treating vaginal infections caused by bacteria (bacterial vaginosis)
- Helping prescription medications treat Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infection, which causes stomach ulcers.
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