Dr. Wong's Essentials® Armoured Acidophilus®: contains 4 ounces of Bacillus Coagulans (Lactobacillus Sporogenes)
Lactobacillus sporogenes is a lactobacillus / bifidus shielded by a spore. This spore "armours" the good bacteria against not only acid but also the other enemies of good bacteria such as heat, light and even antibiotics! While in acid, the spore holds tight. When in the alkaline environment of the intestine the spore opens and releases the good bacteria. In Asia, savvy pharmaceutical companies are blending their antibiotics with Lactobacillus Sporogenes, to prevent the dysbiosis that happens with antibiotic use. Smart! This is the only protected and survivable acidophilus. So survivable it is measured not by how many good bacteria there are per gram but by how well it will re-colonize the intestines!
Good bacteria (pro biotic) products abound in the US market. What makes Armoured Acidophilus® different? Let’s look at the matter of survive-ability.
Most probiotic products have tens of millions of live bacteria at the moment they are packaged. Usually 15 to 30 billion per gram (1000 mg). Even though the good bacteria is freeze dried and put into suspended animation there is still a die off which starts while in the bottle. After sitting on the shelf for a while at the makers warehouse, the shippers and then at your local store by the time you buy the product and eat it, the count of good bacteria still alive is about half of what it was when it was made.
The great enemy of good bacteria is stomach acid which is usually between 2 and 4 pH. Fairly close to pure hydrochloric acid which has a pH of 1. Acid kills most of the good bacteria. By the time the good bacteria reaches the friendly environment of the intestines, its numbers have been greatly reduced to the point where only thousands continue to exist out of the billions the product started off with. That’s why you have to start off with billions and not mere millions. Will this work, yes we know it will but re-colonization of the gut with good bacteria this way will take quite a long time.