Thorne Research Bacillus Coagulans - 60 Vegetarian Capsules The human intestinal tract contains trillions of bacteria that, in a healthy person, coexist with us in a beneficial, symbiotic relationship. They help digest food, produce vitamins, regulate the metabolism, and control a normal immune response. Probiotic bacteria promote a healthy intestinal environment by producing lactic acid and by secreting fatty acids that are helpful to the growth of other beneficial microorganisms. Bacillus coagulans is a lactic acid-producing bacteria that represents a breakthrough in probiotic supplementation. This beneficial bacteria is dormant in the bottle, then reverts to a growing bacteria in the intestines. Because of this, it resists being killed by stomach acid; in contrast, many Lactobacillus probiotics lose most or all of their potency before use and do not survive their trip through the stomach. Promotes a healthy gut flora No refrigeration or special handling required Stable, healthy bacteria survives stomach acidity The Importance of ProbioticsProbiotic bacteria help prevent the overgrowth of undesirable bacteria and fungi in the intestines, genitourinary tract, and skin. This is accomplished via competitive inhibition, lactic acid production (resulting in an acidic environment not conducive to bacterial or fungal growth), and production of substances with properties that create an unfavorable environment for undesirable bacteria. What is Bacillus Coagulans?Bacillus coagulans (former nomenclature, Lactobacillus sporogenes) is a lactic acid-producing, spore-forming bacillus that provides the benefits of probiotic supplementation, with significant advantages over L. acidophilus. Bacillus coagulans is a safe, effective probiotic that needs no special handling, survives in stomach acid, and is delivered to the small intestine without loss of viable organisms.