Unlike other lactobacilli, L. sporogenes exists as a spore, wrapped in a protective coat. Spores exist like plant seeds – they can stay alive for years. And when conditions exist for optimal growth, they open up and become a new plant.
Taken orally, the spores' protective coat helps them survive the rigors of stomach acid.* The spores get activated due to the low pH, mechanical churning of the stomach, and water in the gastric environment.
As the spores absorb water, they swell and move faster, propelling them into the small intestine.
Once in the small intestine, they germinate, proliferate and multiply rapidly into viable bacilli to persist in their beneficial life activities.
In the intestinal tract, they continue their metabolic activities, producing lactic acid to assist in digestion and absorption of vitamins and minerals.*
In turn, the lactic acid levels on the inner surface of the intestinal tract maintain a micro-ecological balance in the GI tract.*
Post Edited (chachka) : 3/10/2008 8:30:09 AM (GMT-6)