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B. Brevis

Bacillus brevis comes from the family of Bacillaceae belonging to the order Bacillales, class Bacilli and phylum Firmicutes of the kingdom Bacteria. The interest in Bacillus brevis started in the 1940's when Brevis strains were isolated to produce the antibiotic gramicidin.

Health Benefits :

Bacillus brevis has many health benefits. These strains are known to inactivate the enterotoxins present in the body by blocking the adhesion sites from pathogens. They are known to improve the immune performance of the body against urinary tract infections and bowel bacterial overgrowth. A few strains of Bacillus brevis have also been found to address anomalies like hepatic encephalopathy and colon cancer. It is known to strongly protect the body against Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Some researchers have also reported their positive effect on autistic children.

Preparation :

Bacillus brevis is made available in the form of capsule or dry powder as a probiotic supplement.

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