People take Bacillus coagulans for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhea, gas, airway infections, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Bacillus coagulans produces lactic acid and is often misclassified as lactobacillus. In fact, some commercial products containing Bacillus coagulans are marketed as Lactobacillus sporogenes. Unlike lactic acid bacteria such as lactobacillus or bifidobacteria, Bacillus coagulans forms spores. Spores are an important factor in telling Bacillus coagulans apart from other lactic acid bacteria.
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