Bacillus Coagulans

I’ve been using LifeExtension Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes longer than I can remember. And, until recently, these included a probiotic in the formula.

I asked LifeExtension why they dropped the probiotic and was told “Due to licensing issues, we are no longer able to use GanedenBC30® in the formula.”

When I looked up GanedenBC30®, I found that it’s basically Bacillus Coagulans. Here’s more on that from WebMD -

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 difficilecolitis, 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.

Now I am wondering if I should start using something like Source Naturals DuraFlora to make up for the Bacillus Coagulans that I may be missing. Or, maybe I should try LifeExtension’s Candida Freedom?

With the LifeExtension Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes, I was probably getting at least 130 mg of GanedenBC30® per day – and more than that at least 2 days per week. I would have to use two capsules of DuraFlora per day to replace that level. Whereas the Candida Freedom would probably be more like a one-a-day thing. However, it seems easier to purchase the DuraFlora.

At least I don’t have to worry about this until early next year. I have enough of the “old” LifeExtension Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes to hold me over until that time.

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