Microorganisms have long been a part of the human diet. In particular, the Lactobacillus genus of bacteria has been consumed for centuries, after it was found the organisms were useful in increasing the shelflife of meat or milk, through fermentation. The formal term “probiotic” recently has been defined as “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amount, confer a health benefit on the host (FAO 2001),” according to the website USProbiotics.org. Lactobacillus acidophilus has been studied and is widely available as a probiotic dietary supplement.

Building upon over 30 years of experience with Lactobacillus, UAS Laboratories has commercialized a “super strain” of human origin. It is marketed as L. acidophilus DDS®-1. When ingested, the colonizing organisms will take up residence, because they are acid- and bile-resistant, and multiply in the gut, notes S.K. Dash, Ph.D., president and founder of UAS Laboratories Inc. and vice president and scientific advisor for the International Probiotics Association (IPA). Research has suggested the bacterium produces enzymes and B vitamins1 and a natural antibiotic. One in vitro study2 indicated DDS-1 inhibits Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium associated with ulcers. Another study3 showed positive effects when DDS-1 was consumed by patients with recurrent urinary tract infections.

Probiotics can be consumed as a supplement, which is a measured dose consumed before a meal. Alternatively, the organisms can be added to food. A critical concern is the amount of viable organism actually ingested. UAS offers the formulator a powder form of a highly stable, freeze-dried material. Using patented technology from the University of Wisconsin/WARF, DDS-1 has been found stable for up to two years at ambient temperatures (23ËšC), when prepared with low water activity rice maltodextrin. Another ingredient in UAS’s line, DDS-Plus, which combines L. acidophilus with equal amounts of Bifidobacteria (of human origin), lost only 7% cfu/g when stored for 12 months. UAS guarantees the levels of organism in their products, demonstrated through testing at an independent laboratory.

UAS’s DDS products do not create any labeling issues. They do not contain any of the common allergens (wheat, soy, dairy or gluten) and are non-GMO. L. acidophilus DDS-1 can be used in the U.S. as a dietary supplement. Health Canada has approved DDS-Plus under the Natural Health Products Regulations. UAS can be contacted directly for information on the use of their probiotics in more than 35 countries.

Not all probiotics are the same. UAS has done extensive research to develop a highly stable and viable form of L. acidophilus DDS-1 with a long shelflife, which then survives acid and bile to be beneficial for digestive health and provide a good balance of intestinal flora. The organism also boosts natural immune defenses and creates an unfavorable environment for pathogens. NS

For more information:
UAS Laboratories Inc. • Eden Prairie, Minn. (U.S.A.)
S.K. Dash, Ph.D. • 952-935-1707 • 800-422-3371
dash@uaslabs.com • www.uaslabs.com

1 Rao DR and Shahani KM. 1987. Cult Dairy Prod J. 22:6-10.
2 Yasmin T, et al. 2002. Abstracts of the General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology. 102:166. 
3 Gerasimov SV. 2004. Clin Pediatr. 43:95-98.

SIDEBAR: Urinary and DigestiveTract Health
Urinary tract health can be improved through the consumption of key ingredients from cranberries and D-mannose. Intestinal and immune health can be improved by taking L. acidophilus DDS-1. UAS has combined these health benefits into one supplement: Cran-Gyn DDS®.

The ability of E. coli to adhere to the uroepithelial cells is prevented when proanthocyanidins in cranberries are consumed, which reduces the incidents of urinary tract infections. D-Mannose, a naturally occurring sugar that can be extracted from birch trees, also inhibits E. coli adherence. L. acidophilus, when consumed in sufficient quantities, grows in the digestive tract to help boost immunity and restore healthy microflora to the gut.

The new Cran-Gyn DDS, jointly developed by UAS Labs and Valensa, allows for overall digestive and urinary health to be maintained with one product, in a plant-based capsule form.