L.sporogenes is a spore-forming lactobacillus. The spore is naturally encapsulated in a protective coat consisting of calcium, protein and carbohydrate complex. It is this encapsulation that makes L.sporogenes the ideal supplemental probiotic, protecting the spores from gastric acid, bile, heat, oxygen and antibiotics, all of which can damage other beneficial bacteria such as L.acidophilus.
L.sporogenes can be stored without refrigeration, and remains viable for extended periods of time.
After ingestion, the spore coat absorbs moisture and begins to swell. By the time it is passed to the duodenum the spore coat dissolves harmlessly leaving the spores to multiply. Multiplication begins approximately four hours after ingestion and colonies double every thirty minutes, producing beneficial L(+) lactic acid in the small and large intestine through the fermentation of glucose, fructose, sucrose trehalose and other sugars.
L.sporogenes is considered a transient inhabitant. Testing demonstrates that six days after ingestion no spores remain in stool samples.
L.sporogenes benefits bowel health through the production of L(+) lactic acid and peptoglycans, foods for friendly bacteria as well as supporting a mildly acid environment that is important to beneficial bacteria and inhospitable to pathogenic microorganisms.