Bacillus Coagulans

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About

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 the intestine, 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.

How it works

There is not enough information to know how Bacillus coagulans might work for medical purposes. Some research in animals (but not yet in humans) shows that Bacillus coagulans might increase immune system function and decrease harmful bacteria.

Effectiveness

Not Proven
Diarrhea

Including viral diarrhea in children, traveler's diarrhea, and diarrhea caused by antibiotics.

Growth of bacteria in the intestine

Early evidence shows that using a specific probiotic product (Lactol, Bioplus Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd., India) containing Bacillus coagulans and fructo-oligosaccharides twice daily for 15 days per month for 6 months might modestly decrease stomach pain and gas in people with of potentially harmful bacteria in the intestine.

Helicobacter pylori infection

Which causes stomach ulcers.

Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis).

As an agent added to vaccines to improve their effectiveness
Cancer prevention
Clostridium difficile colitis
Digestion problems
Immune system strengthening
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Respiratory infections

Concerns

Possibly safe

Bacillus coagulans is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth. Some research in people has shown that Bacillus coagulans can be safely used by adults for up to 6 months.

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Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding:Pregnantorbreast-feeding women should stay on the safe side and avoid using Bacillus coagulans.Dosing considerations for Bacillus Coagulans.

Interactions

No information available.

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