What happens to the Bacillus subtilis natto (aka Bacillus natto) in the gastrointestinal tract?
The body’s first defensive mechanism for toxic substances and unwelcome bacteria after the senses of smell, sight and taste is the hydrochloric acid produced by the stomach. Many pathogenic bacteria are destroyed by the stomach acid whether they are in food or water.
The endospore formed by the Bacillus natto in Dynavyte MicroBiome Support passes through the stomach intact. Once in the intestine and under suitable conditions the Bacillus germinates and reproduces to contribute its beneficial health effects.
What is a spore?
Bacillus natto forms an endospore (sometimes called a spore for short) when conditions are unsuitable for the bacteria to live and multiply. Endospores protect the bacterium until conditions are suitable such as in the gastrointestinal tract.
An endospore is a multilayered, small, tough and protective structure that is metabolically inactive. The DNA, ribosomes and substances such as dipicloninic acid (a chemical involved in maintaining a dormant state) are protected from the environment inside the endospore.
The structure protects from extreme heat, desiccation, ultraviolet radiation and chemical insult among other environmental stress conditions.
Studies have revived endospores from years to some thousands of years old.