Overview

Bacillus coagulans (B. coagulans) is a type of probiotic ("good" bacteria). It isn't naturally found in the body, but it produces lactic acid in the gut.

Because B. coagulans produces lactic acid, it's often misclassified as lactobacillus. Some products containing B. coagulans are marketed as Lactobacillus sporogenes. Unlike lactobacillus, B. coagulans forms spores. Spores are important for telling B. coagulans apart from other lactic acid bacteria.

People take B. coagulans for constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is also used for diarrhea, gas, indigestion, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these other uses.

Don't confuse B. coagulans with other probiotics, or with fermented food products such as fermented milk, kefir, or yogurt. These are not the same.

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