Probiotic Spores

Strengthen your probiotic portfolio with true survivors; HU58™, SC208™ and SC109™


What if you could super charge your health products so that they thrive in harsh conditions and still deliver impressive health benefits? HU58, SC208and SC109are three spore-forming probiotic ingredients that are truly designed by nature to survive. These powerful spore-formers can give your product an impressive digestive and immune health boost. 

Unique spore-formers

Bacillus subtilis HU58™, Weizmannia coagulans SC208™, Shouchella clausii SC109™


Healthy microbiome

Our HU58 spore-forming probiotic can support a healthy gut microbiome by encouraging the growth of other beneficial microbes1,2 and lead to an increase in the production of beneficial short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs)3, which are known to help maintain a healthy intestinal barrier13. 

Gut health

HU58 and SC208 are proven to withstand the acidic environment of the stomach and reach the small intestine4,5, where they germinate to provide all their health benefits, such as relieving occasional gastrointestinal upset1,6,7.  

Immune support

HU58™ may support a healthy immune system8,9,12 by increasing the production of SCFAs3,10, which can promote anti-inflammatory effects11.

What is a spore-former?

Spore-forming bacteria are a special type of microorganism that, when put under challenging conditions, can enter a dormant form called a ‘spore'. Like a real suit of armor, spores are very resilient and able to survive in a variety of harsh environmental conditions such as high temperatures, low pH levels, and harsh processing methods. This resilience makes spore-forming probiotics a preferred ingredient for dietary products because they are robust enough to survive the digestive tract, all the way to the intestines, where the bacteria are best able to deliver health benefits.

The secret of spore survival

Timing is everything when it comes to spore germination. In order to survive the harsh conditions of our digestive tract, these amazing bacteria can remain in a spore form until they reach the intestines. Once in the intestines, spores germinate, meaning they transform from a dormant state to an active state and unleash a plethora of benefits for your gut health and microbiome 1,2,3,4,5,15.

Designed by nature to survive

Proven gastric stability

HU58™ and SC208™ can survive the acidity of the stomach and make it to the intestines, where they become active and begin to deliver all of their goodness.

Safe and sound

All our probiotic spores are manufactured at a GMP-certified plant, which is NSF,GMP and FSSC 22000 certified.

Viability at the core

Probiotic spores are known to withstand harsh conditions, such as low pH, high temperatures and harsh processing methods4,14. In other words, our spore-formers are easy to work with – whether mixed in capsules, gummies, syrups or any format you can think of. It also means that the ingredients don’t need to be refrigerated, both during storage and transportation, this is not only helpful for manufacturers, but also consumers.

Classified as GRAS in US
and QPS status in EU

Each of our spore forming strains have been recognized as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) by an independent panel of experts. In addition, our three unique spore-formers have a QPS status by the EFSA. This means that HU58, SC208 and SC109 are recognized as safe and can be included in dietary products in the US and EU – two of the largest and most developed markets in probiotic dietary supplements. 

Applications flourish with flexible formulations

Our three powerful spores can be formulated as a stand-alone input or in combination with other functional ingredients. Our team can assist you to meet the growing demand for products enriched with HU58, SC208and SC109. 

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