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The Benefits of Probiotic Powerhouse Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS®-1

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  • The efficacy of a probiotic product will depend on the bacterial strains it contains
  • DDS®-1 is a highly resistant strain of L. acidophilus with numerous clinical benefits

Advances in technology have led to an increased understanding of the important role that bacteria in our gut play in our overall health and wellness. Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when consumed in adequate amounts, help support immune and digestive health by restoring beneficial bacteria to the gastrointestinal tract.1 Although it is tempting to think of all “probiotics” as one and the same, because their biological effects are strain-specific, the benefits of different probiotic products can vary significantly according to the bacterial strains they contain.2

In addition to possessing different therapeutic properties, differences in how well specific strains are able to tolerate passage through the digestive tract also play a role in probiotic efficacy. More specifically, whether probiotic microbes can endure exposure to stomach acids and persist in the human intestinal tract long enough to successfully colonize the gut is of particular importance.3

A highly resistant strain of probiotic bacteria that has proven capable of surviving stomach acidity, flourishing within the intestinal environment, and conferring positive effects on digestion and immune function is the strain of lactobacillus acidophilus called DDS®-1.4,5

Over 35 years of evidence from laboratory and human clinical studies show that DDS®-1 can: 

  • successfully colonize the gastrointestinal tract6,7
  • alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal distress,6
  • shorten the duration of antibiotic-associated diarrhea,8
  • promote a healthy immune response to allergens,9,10 and 
  • stimulate the immune system.11,12

In light of these findings, individuals seeking to help restore or maintain a healthy balance of intestinal flora through probiotics are encouraged to speak with a health professional about whether a daily supplement featuring DDS®-1 would be an effective addition to their personal wellness regimen. 

Gina Jaeger, PhD is a Developmental Specialist and Lead Research Writer for Nordic Naturals. She holds a doctorate in Human Development, and has published several research articles on children's cognitive development. Gina enjoys studying and educating others on strategies for optimizing health and wellness throughout the lifespan.

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