"Good" bacteria such as B. subtilis might help the body break down food, absorb nutrients, and fight off "bad" organisms that might cause diseases. These bacteria are sometimes added to fermented foods like yogurt and also found in dietary supplements.
People use B. subtilis for diarrhea from antibiotics. It is also used for athletic performance, eczema, constipation, indigestion, gas, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.
Don't confuse B. subtilis with Bacillus coagulans, other probiotics, nattokinase, or with fermented food products such as fermented milk, kefir, or yogurt. These are not the same. Also note that three previously recognized Bacillus subtilis subspecies have recently been reclassified. Some products marketed as B. subtilis might actually contain these newly classified Bacillus species, including Bacillus inaqosorum, Bacillus spizizenii, and Bacillus stercoris.
Uses & Effectiveness
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Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if B. subtilis is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
Weakened immune system: Probiotics have caused blood infections in a small number of people with weakened immune systems. If you have a weakened immune system, talk with your healthcare provider before taking probiotics, including B. subtilis.
Antibiotic drugs interacts with BACILLUS SUBTILIS
B. subtilis is a type of friendly bacteria. Antibiotics are used to reduce harmful bacteria in the body. Taking antibiotics along with B. subtilis can reduce the effects of B. subtilis. To avoid this interaction, take B. subtilis products at least 2 hours before or after antibiotics.
Be cautious with this combination
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