May 25, 2016

Bacillus Coagulans

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What other names is Bacillus Coagulans known by?

B. Coagulans, Bacillus Bacteria, Bacillus Probiotics, Bactéries Bacilles, Bactéries à Gram Positif Sporogènes, Bactérie Gram Positive en Forme de Bâtonnet, Gram Positive Spore-Forming Rod, L. Sporogenes, Lactobacillus Sporogenes, Lactobacillus Sporogènes, Probiotic, Probiotique, Spore-Forming Lactobacillus.

What is Bacillus Coagulans?

Bacillus coagulans is a type of bacteria. It is used similarly to lactobacillus and other probiotics as "beneficial" bacteria.

People take Bacillus coagulans for diarrhea, including infectious types such as rotaviral diarrhea in children; traveler's diarrhea; and diarrhea caused by antibiotics. Bacillus coagulans is also used for general digestion problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis), a bowel disorder called Clostridium difficile colitis, excessive growth of "bad" bacteria in short bowel syndrome, and infection due to the ulcer-causing bacterium Helicobacter pylori.

Some people use Bacillus coagulans to prevent respiratory infections and ramp up the immune system. It is also used to prevent cancer or the formation of cancer-causing agents. There is also some interest in using it as an additive to vaccines to improve their effectiveness.

Bacillus coagulans produces lactic acid and, as a result, is often misclassified as lactic acid bacteria such as lactobacillus. In fact, some commercial products containing Bacillus coagulans are marketed as Lactobacillus sporogenes or "spore-forming lactic acid bacterium." Unlike lactic acid bacteria such as lactobacillus or bifidobacteria, Bacillus coagulans forms reproductive structures called spores. Spores are actually an important factor in telling Bacillus coagulans apart from lactic acid bacteria.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Diarrhea, including viral diarrhea in children, traveler's diarrhea, and diarrhea caused by antibiotics.
  • Digestion problems.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis).
  • Clostridium difficile colitis.
  • Fighting growth of unwanted bacteria.
  • Helicobacter pylori infection, which causes stomach ulcers.
  • Respiratory infections.
  • Cancer prevention.
  • Immune system strengthening.
  • As an agent added to vaccines to improve their effectiveness.
More evidence is needed to rate Bacillus coagulans for these uses. There has been no reliable research done in people.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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