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 Probiotics
Probiotic 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. In contrast, many common Lactobacillus products lose most or all of their potency before use and do not survive well in stomach acid.
Why the Name Change?
Thorne Research has chosen to change the name of its Lactobacillus Sporogenes probiotic formula to Bacillus Coagulans to be more in keeping with current bacteriological taxonomy. It has been determined by conventions in the field of micro-biology that the name Bacillus coagulans is a more accurate and scientifically correct classification of the organism (based on its DNA profile) than Lactobacillus sporogenes. "Same bug, different name." Consequently, you can rest assured that the same quality you have come to expect from Thorne's previously named Lactobacillus Sporogenes product remains intact with the newly named and reformulated Bacillus Coagulans.
Benefits of Bacillus Coagulans:
- Sturdy - Bacillus Coagulans is a hardy bug, able to withstand the harsh exposure of stomach acid and still reach the intestinal tract intact.
- Stable - Bacillus Coagulans is a spore-forming bacteria. This unique characteristic allows Bacillus Coagulans to be shelf-stable, thus requiring no refrigeration or special handling unlike many other probiotic formulas. It also makes Bacillus Coagulans an ideal dietary supplement, particularly for those who travel internationally.
- Specific - Another unique feature of Bacillus Coagulans is that is produces only the preferred L (+) optical isomer of lactic acid. Unlike the other D (-) lactic acid isomer, the L (+) form is completely metabolized in the body, thus lessening the risk of metabolic acidosis.
- Sustainable - After Bacillus Coagulans passes through the stomach it quickly germinates and colonizes in the intestinal tract.
- Safe - Bacillus Coagulans has a solid safety history of use in both animals and humans.
- Strong - Each capsule of Bacillus Coagulans now contain 2 billion CFUs, an increase of over 30% from the original formula!
- Savings - Although the strength of Bacillus Coagulans has increased from 1.5 billion to 2 billion CFUs, Thorne has chosen to keep the price the same. More probiotic for the same price? Change is good!
Dr. Michael Lebowitz D.C. Recommends:
Bacillus coagulans, also known as Lactobacillus sporogenes, is a spore-forming probiotic that has been used in Japan for over 20 years. Lactobacillus sporogenes has the following advantages over Lactobacillus acidophilus:
- it survives manufacturing, shipping, and storage with no loss of viable organisms and does not require refrigeration
- it survives stomach acid and reaches the small intestine with no loss of viable organisms
- it produces L (+) lactic acid which is fully metabolized to glycogen; whereas, Lactobacillus acidophilus produces L (-) lactic acid which is metabolized slowly and has the potential to lead to metabolic acidosis.
Dr. Michael Lebowitz prefers to test this product on a weak G-2 muscle a few weeks after placing the patient on antimicrobials to correct dysbiosis (Formula SF722, Berbercap, Artecin), supplementing as long as indicated by testing on follow-up visits. During and after antibiotic use it may be useful as a preventative (along with Formula SF722).
Thorne Research's Mission
At Thorne Research, their mission is to enhance the health and well-being of people by providing superior dietary supplements that have the highest level of quality and purity – thereby creating the most respected and valued company in the dietary supplement industry.
The Thorne Difference.
For more than 25 years, Thorne has relentlessly pursued the highest possible quality and bioavailability in dietary supplements. At Thorne, they actually manufacture products that they sell – a key difference that allows Thorne to control every aspect of the manufacturing process and ensure that every Thorne product is in pure, completely hypoallergenic form, and without the common additives, flowing agents, and binders used throughout the industry.
A few other companies have tried to do what Thorne does, and many others claim to have the same philosophy and quality, but nobody has been able to duplicate what Thorne's clients call "Thorne Quality." Thorne has changed the industry in many ways over the past two decades, and they continue to raise the bar and set new standards in product formulation, raw material purity, manufacturing, and quality control.
Thorne's Commitment to Purity
Practitioners have become accustomed to seeing the vague "We use only the purest ingredients" in the promotional materials of almost every dietary supplement company. Perhaps these companies truly believe that. Perhaps they don't know any better. Nevertheless, Thorne Research, for more than 25 years, has been the standard by which companies in the industry are judged for product purity. Practitioners rely on Thorne as the company they trust for their extremely allergic, chemically sensitive, and immune-compromised patients.
Purity Takes Extra Effort
For example, instead of purchasing prediluted vitamin D, as other companies do, Thorne performs its own dilution to avoid detrimental ingredients, such as the preservatives or lactose that are found in many commercially available dilutions. Why must vitamin D be diluted? Because in its pure form, it is too concentrated to safely blend into a vitamin product. Pure vitamin D is 40 MILLION International Units (IU) per gram. The RDA for adults is 600-800 IU per day. To ensure proper mixing, it must be made into a dilute powder that flows and does not lose potency. So, unlike companies that use prediluted vitamin D that contains unacceptable excipients and preservatives, at Thorne, pure pharmaceutical vitamin D is first blended with pure mixed tocopherol vitamin E, and the resultant stable vitamin D is then blended with hypoallergenic cellulose powder. The final powder is blended in a large tumble blender and subsequently analyzed. Not only is the final product stable; it is also hypoallergenic and can be mixed homogeneously and at a safe level with other powders. Just as with vitamin D, Thorne utilizes similar processes for other raw materials, such as vitamin K, leaving it to other companies to purchase commercially available raw materials filled with unacceptable ingredients and preservatives.
Ingredients You Don't Want
Magnesium Stearate: Good for speed-hungry encapsulating machines. Not necessarily good for you. Manufacturing encapsulated dietary supplements isn't easy. Pure powdered ingredients are difficult to mix because they are either extremely dry, sticky with botanical oils, or attract unwanted moisture. So most manufacturers add magnesium stearate and other agents such as lactose and dextrose to make the powder flow quickly and easily through their high-volume machines. Problem is, these additives may compromise the bioavailability of the nutrients in the supplement, and might cause allergenic problems. At Thorne, they take a different approach.
Thorne will never utilize large fatty acid excipients in its manufacturing processes – ingredients such as magnesium stearate or stearic acid. These excipients are utilized as flowing agents to ensure that maximum productivity is obtained from capsuling and tableting machines. There are documented detrimental effects directly attributed to long chain fatty acids utilized as manufacturing flowing agents. Every qualified pharmaceutical compounder recognizes that large fatty acids, such as magnesium stearate, can interfere with product dissolution and influence absorption. Virtually all companies, because of the economic impact, ignore this data. As with most industries, the bottom line dictates the level of quality. The dietary supplement industry has one exception: Thorne Research, the company that does not compromise. Nevertheless, if a company cannot manufacture products without using detrimental excipients, they should not allude to being either "hypoallergenic" or "pure."
The Bottom Line?
Thorne is the only hypoallergenic dietary supplement manufacturer with the highest degree of purity that you – and your most severely allergic, chemically sensitive, and immune-compromised patients – can truly trust.
Quality Ingredients: A Higher Standard
At Thorne, they are committed to setting a higher standard of quality when it comes to ingredients. To produce their truly hypoallergenic encapsulated supplements, Thorne uses only the purest and finest ingredients available.
Every manufacturer has two basic options when purchasing raw materials: purchase either truly pure raw materials, or purchase raw materials to which substances have been added to facilitate manufacturing. This fundamental dilemma translates to these very typical questions: "Do I purchase pure vitamin C or vitamin C with additives?" "Do I purchase pure B vitamins or coated B vitamins for taste masking?" "Do I purchase pure enzymes such as pancreatin, pepsin, and bromelain or enzymes diluted with lactose?"
There are few commercial sources for vitamins B12, D, K, or biotin that are not diluted with substances such as lactose, cornstarch, and preservatives such as BHT. That's why Thorne developed methods that allow them to use pure, undiluted sources of these nutrients – and many others. It's just one more example that when it comes to quality, what everyone else accepts as an industry standard isn't good enough. While some companies say they are raising their standards....at Thorne they set them.