Mar 23 2014

Introducing Bacillus subtilus and Bacillus licheniformis

Published by at 8:59 am under probiotic supplements

The true “Crown Jewels” of our safe, highly effective, and
advanced SBO Probiotics Consortia,  BODY BIOTICS™


Our environment is literally teeming with billions and billions of microorganisms, most
of which are harmful.  These tiny little creatures thrive unchallenged in our air, water,
soil, and even in the living tissues of our body. And yet, thanks to the powerful design
of our immune system, we live in a time of population explosion hosting 7 billion people
on our planet.

Humans continue to thrive amongst the onslaught of harmful bacteria that surrounds our
daily existence.  One thing, and one thing only, stands ready to guard and protect us, the
proficiency of our natural immune responses.  A healthy immune system is perfectly
capable of safeguarding us against invasive and injurious bacteria, while leaving all
friendly and benign species undamaged. Thus, illness is a result of a compromised
immune system which is unable to generate the appropriate immune responses necessary
to fend off unfriendly bacteria, viruses, fungus, and other pathogens.

Eighty percent (80%) of your immune responses takes place in the GI tract, so it’s easy to
understand the critical importance of maintaining a healthy balance of friendly vs.
unfriendly bacteria along the intestinal walls. Since the loss of friendly bacteria in
our soil
(SBOs,) that once naturally fed the body from ingestion of organic foods, a
continuous discipline of servicing and repairing the immune system by natural “non-
toxic” supplementation to enhance our body’s inborn self-healing abilities has become a
daily reality. To support and boost the immune system, nothing could be greater than
the introduction of Bacillus subtillus and Bacillus licheniformis into our daily diet.

Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus licheniformis are, both, spore-forming bacteria
found in the soil, and may also be a frequent resident on human skin, particularly in the
case of Bacillus subtilis. The thought of ingesting spore-forming bacteria can sound very
scary, especially, “…since these organisms are not as familiar to the consumer as
Lactobacillus, the natural question that arises is—
Are these organisms safe to take as Probiotics…?” 2

 “…When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration review the safety of a food ingredient,
the agency considers whether or not the food substance has a history of safe consumption.
That is, was there significant consumption of the food ingredient either within the U.S. or
other countries prior to January 1, 1958? If not, does the preponderance of scientific
evidence indicate that there is a consensus among scientists that the particular material is
safe?…” 2 “…Regulatory agencies around the world have considered these distinctions,
when they recognized the safety of wild-type strains of both Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus
. 3, 8. Wild type strains of both organisms (and their metabolic products)
have a long history of being consumed by humans. Bacillus subtilis is the organism
responsible for the Japanese soybean-based condiment, natto, which has been consumed
for more than 1,000 years. 8 In the U.S., various species of Bacillus have been approved
to produce familiar food-grade enzymes.5 These enzyme preparations (many of which
may contain all or portions of the entire culture medium, including the cells)
have been approved as generally recognized as safe (GRAS), or as food additives…”2


Over the years, there have been a few articles written which have managed to frighten
consumers away from these two “critical” Bacillus species.  If you do much research on
the internet you are likely to stumble across them.  I want to tell you clearly “here and
now” that these articles are misleading, ill-informed, and generally do not
fully disclose the truth. 
Let me give you an example of how we can easily be led
astray when it comes to the genus names given to the many thousands of various strains
and species of those strains.

Take for example, E. coli.  When we hear this name, most of us immediately think of
E. coli as potential deadly bacteria.  And, this certainly can be true if one comes in
contact with the exact strain of this species that can cause harm.  But what about the
thousands of strains of the species called coli which are not disease producing?
Such is the case regarding the specific strains of Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus
found in our Body Bioticsâ„¢ formula, which has been ingested daily
by consumer for more than 37 years. It stands to reason that if there were safety
concerns with these specific strains, we would have known long before now. 

Researchers around the world have been investigating the safety and efficacy of potential
probiotic species, including those in the genus Bacillus.  The traditional strains of Bacillus
are considered non-pathogenic and harmless by researchers on several continents.2. 3. 4. 5.
These species have been included in Body Bioticsâ„¢ formula for numerous important
reasons. “…viable spores of both species have scientifically been found to:


  1.    enhance the growth of various species of Lactobacillus,
  2.    guard against the growth of pathogenic organisms,
  3.    produce natural antibiotic substances,
  4.    help the body maintain its natural flora,
  5.    serve as part of an “advance guard” for other members of their
    consortia, such as various species of       Lactobacilli
  6.   be resilient to toxins and acids (especially gastric acids,)
  7.   germinate in the GI tract,
  8.   produce a natural anti-fungal compound,
  9.   have colonization ability and adaptive nature,
  10.  super-resilient SBO strains, are robust, and have the ability to revive
    after long periods of dormancy,
  11.  play an important role in enzymatic activity,
  12.  play an essential role in attachment and signaling to other organisms
    ”.1.  2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 9. 10. 11. .9.

In nature, Bacillus species are often found in conjunction with other Probiotic strains, as
part of stable groups of bacteria, called “consortia.”5. “…Consortia are assemblages of
organisms, in which each organism benefits from the metabolic activities of others
in the group. Such naturally occurring consortia are known to be quite stable during
transfer from one culture to another, and to retain their functional integrity better than
single organisms or combinations of single species of bacteria
…”  2. 13.


The stability and efficacy of Body Bioticsâ„¢ SBO Probiotics Consortia greatly
depend on the inclusion of these robust and dynamic strains of Bacillus within the group.
These super-strains of SBOs are the ultimate “crown jewels” of this multifaceted
Probiotic, offering an array of health benefits far beyond any typical Probiotic. Without
the presence of these dynamic SBOs, our customers would be missing out on a great
many of the health benefits available through the use of a fully functioning Probiotics Consortia.   

 We hope this blog series on the ingredients in Body Biotics has been helpful in deepening
your understanding of “why and how” Body Biotics™ is so vastly different and unique
in its Probiotics benefits.

Wishing you a happy and healthy day,

Kelli de Sante



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    the genus Bacillus, forming the base of some probiotics.
    Zh Mikrobiol Epidemiol Immunobiol. 1998      Nov-Dec;(6):68-70.
  2. The Safety and Efficacy of Bacillus sp.  as Probiotics: A Brief Review/2010/
    Prof. Lee B. Dexter
  3. Hoa TT, Baccigalupi L, Huxham A,      Smertenko A, Van, PH,
    Ammendola S, Ricca, E, Cutting, SM.  Characterization of Bacillus species used
    for oral bacteriotherapy and  bacterioprophylaxis of gastrointestinal disorders.
    Applied  and Environmental Microbiology.  2001      Sep; 67(9): 3819-23.
  4. Hoa TT, Duc LH, Isticato R, Baccigalupi      L, Ricca E, Van PH, Cutting SM.
    Fate and dissemination of Bacillus      subtilis spores in a murine model.
    Applied and Environmental      Microbiology.  2001 Sep; 67(9):      3819-23.
  5. Hosoi, T, Ametani A, Kiuchi K,      Kaminogawa S. Improved growth and viability
    of Lactobacilli in the presence of Bacillus subtilis (natto), catalase, or subtilisin.
    Canadian Journal of Microbiology.      2000 Oct;46(10):892-7.
  6. Pinchuk IV, Bressollier P, Verneuil B,      Fenet B, Sorokulova IB, Megraud F,
    Urdaci MC.  In      vitro anti-Helicobacter pylori  activity of the probiotic strain
    Bacillus subtilis 3 is due to secretion of antibiotics.
    Antimicrob  Agents Chemother.  2001 Nov;      45(11): 3156-61.
  7. Food and Drug Administration, 2002. Bad Bug Book: Foodborne Pathogenic
    Microorganisms and Natural Toxins Handbook.
    U.S. Food and
    Drug  Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
  8. Food and Drug Administration, 2002. EAFUS: A Food Additive Database.
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
  9. Friendly SBOs: The Ideal Biological Therapy for Immunological Unresponsiveness
    and Stubborn Fungal Infections that Underlie Dysbiosis/
    American Academy of Quantum Medicine/
    Revised Version5-3-95 / Paul Yanick, Jr., Ph.D
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    diseases of fruits and vegetables, an emerging technology. /
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  12. The Functional Architecture and Assembly of the Spore Coat – Adriano Henriques, Teresa Costa, Ligia O. Martins and Rita Zilhão
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