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It's Here! Legendary DDS-1 Acidophilus Direct from the Inventor's Lab

Khem Shahani, Ph.D

The late Dr. Khem Shahani served as professor of Food Science and Technology at the University of Nebraska from 1961 to 2001 where he worked tirelessly right up to the end of his extraordinary life. He became internationally recognized as an authority on probiotics and, specifically, Lactobacillus acidophilus, due to his work with the now famous DDS-1 strain of L. acidophilus.

Dr. Shahani’s interest in acidophilus piqued when he took his post at the University in 1957. The Department of Dairy Science had created a fermented acidophilus milk product, which intrigued the young researcher. While virtually unknown in America, fermented dairy products were commonplace to his native India.

He was further inspired by the work of Nobel laureate Dr. Elie Metchnikoff who theorized that fermented foods contributed greatly to the longevity seen in Eastern European populations. Because most of the fermentation is carried out by lactic acid bacteria, such organisms became the focus of Dr. Shahani’s illustrious career.

The Birth of DDS-1

DDS stands for the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Nebraska, where all of Dr. Shahani’s work was done. The research Dr. Shahani and his group conducted made clear that many variations exist among different strains of lactobacillus organisms, and the manner in which these strains are produced greatly affects their potential benefits.

DDS-1 was isolated, prepared and researched exclusively by Dr. Shahani’s team, which documented significant differences between DDS-1 and other probiotic strains, as well as significant markers of superior biological activity and stability attributable only to DDS-1. The group then painstakingly developed a commercial production process in order to manufacture a testable, functional and stable product suitable for use in the food and supplement marketplace.

What Makes a Good Probiotic?

Dr. Shahani identified six criteria necessary to achieve beneficial results with a probiotic organism. They are:

  1. Grow and multiply rapidly
  2. Easy attachment to intestinal epithelium and colonization
  3. Resistance to acid
  4. Resistance to bile
  5. Production of natural health-defending substances
  6. Enhance immune factors

Among all strains tested by his team of university researchers, only DDS-1 met every criteria while simultaneously maintaining the stability necessary to produce a commercial product. The activity of DDS-1 has been established in many clinical studies published in internationally reputable journals—something many others cannot claim. For instance, research has shown that DDS-1 encourages the production of proteolytic enzymes, which help us digest proteins, lactase for breaking down lactose, and lipase enzymes to help digest fat. It also enhances the production of B-vitamins, particularly folic acid and Vitamin B-12, which are biocatalysts in metabolism.

But Dr. Shahani found that even the same strain of L. acidophilus grown under different conditions will show different properties. And if it’s not manufactured properly using the University of Nebraska process, it will not have the same beneficial properties and stability. It could be said that the discovery and development of DDS-1 was the single most important breakthrough leading to the proliferation and acceptance of dietary probiotics that we see today.

Get the One That Started It All

Now by special arrangement with Nebraska Cultures, the company Dr. Shahani founded to bring his remarkable probiotic to the public, Swanson is able to offer Dr. Shahani’s original DDS-1 strain of acidophilus to you at a remarkably affordable price.

If you take acidophilus, or if you think you might benefit from the digestive assistance, immune support and other properties of this important probiotic, Dr. Shahani’s Original L. Acidophilus is the perfect choice for a product you can rely on day in and day out.