Bacillus coagulans strain GBI-30,6086 (remember: strain specificity is crucial) is an interesting microbe. Restoring or supplementing this microbe has been shown to exert substantial beneficial effects. The benefits that have been documented in humans include:
- Reduces symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome–therefore suggesting that it may reduce the species of SIBO. (B. coagulans produces several bacteriocins, natural antibiotics against the species of SIBO.)
- Increases the population of Faecalobacterium prausnitzii that is a vigorous producer of the metabolite, butyrate, that nourishes intestinal cells and provides benefits to the host (you), such as reduced insulin resistance, reduced blood sugar, triglycerides, and blood pressure.
- Reduces joint pain from osteoarthritis and reduces inflammatory markers in the bloodstream
- Substantially reduces muscle injury incurred during strenuous physical effort—Dramatic reductions in release of the muscle protein, creatine kinase, result, even after something like running a marathon. Recovery should therefore be accelerated.
The majority of commercial probiotics do not include B. coagulans. You won’t find it, for instance, in the Renew Life, Garden of Life, Spring Valley, NOW, or Nature’s Bounty brands. The few probiotics that do have B. coagulans contain strains that do not have the breadth of documentation that this GBI-30,6086 strain has. The brands that do include B. coagulans are mostly the spore-based probiotics such as Megasporebiotic (no strain specified!) and Terraflora (no strain specified!), as well as Thorne (no strain specified!) and Just Thrive (no strain specified!). The only commercial preparation that contains the GBI-30,6086 is the Schiff Digestive Advantage line of products, one of which is shown above. Each capsule provides 2 billion CFUs, the most common quantity used in the studies cited above.
Ironically, the product off the shelf contains titanium dioxide. Though present in small quantities, this compound has been shown to alter both bowel flora composition and intestinal mucus production. By making yogurt or other fermented food with B. coagulans, you will be able to obtain this probiotic species without titanium dioxide. If you are interested in fermenting B coagulans, ferment as we do with L. reuteri but at 122 degrees F for 24-36 hours with prebiotic fiber added at the start.
Note: I have no relationship with any of the products/companies mentioned including Schiff.