An Introduction to Bacillus subtilis
Bacillus subtilis is one of the live species in the SCD Essential Probiotics® formula. Using consortia technology, we have created a comprehensive supplement that includes not one, but eleven live probiotic species. Because of Bacillus subtilis’ growing popularity, we’re eager to get you acquainted with some of the probiotics that comprise our powerful supplement.
An Overview of Probiotics
First and foremost, Bacillus subtilis is a probiotic. Chances are you have heard about probiotics, but in the event that you are still unsure what they really are, here is what you need to know: In their simplest form, the World Health Organization (WHO) defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.” Designed to promote healthy digestion and a stronger immune system, probiotics are powerful microorganisms that should be a part of every healthy diet.
What is Bacillus subtilis?
Nicknames: Hay bacillus or grass bacillus
Natural Environment: Soil, air, water, or decomposing plant matter
A Closer Look at Bacillus subtilis
Despite its sometimes negative reputation, Bacillus, as a whole genus, is widely misunderstood. The reason for the stigma sometimes associated with Bacillus is in large part attributed to some harmful strains in this genus. As part of the Bacillus genus, it is important to stress that there are “good” and “bad” strains of bacteria. Unlike Bacillus cereus, some strains within the species of which have been identified as a cause of food poisoning, the nontoxigenic and nonpathogenic strains of B. subtilis have been safely used in a variety of food applications for many years.
Because of its ability to produce various enzymes, Bacillus subtilis is a versatile probiotic used in an array of applications. Oftentimes, some strains of it function as fungicide that removes disease-causing fungal organisms from various agricultural entities – think produce, flowers, and other crops. In addition to its fungal-fighting abilities, some strains of Bacillus subtilis are used in the textile industry. Here, it has been incorporated into both leather treatments and detergents.
So, how does this probiotic impact the human body? As an FDA-certified GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) substance, Bacillus subtilis has been used to promote a healthy gut, which in turn increases immune reaction of intestinal cells which is helpful against pathogens – something especially important to individuals suffering from digestive issues. Its ability to survive otherwise harsh acidic stomach conditions makes this probiotic especially resilient, allowing users to get maximum benefits.
When it comes to probiotics, Bacillus subtilis is a winner. In addition to its versatile properties, Bacillus subtilis forms endospores, which are highly resistant to heat and acidic environments, allowing the organism to tolerate extreme environmental conditions.
SCD Essential Probiotics wants to keep you healthy and free of discomfort. Because of this, we believe that knowledge about probiotics is power. Stay tuned into our blog for the latest updated about probiotics.