Unique Probiotic Strain, ProDURA®, Now Found to Survive in Beverage Products

PURCHASE, NY – The patented probiotic ProDURA®, a lyophilized strain of Bacillus coagulans, has been found to survive at different pH and storage conditions. Currently there are only a few beverages on the market containing probiotics, due to their lack of resistance to lower pH levels for an extended period of time. A recently conducted study examined ProDURA® in four different experiments in order to evaluate its stability in beverages. 

ProDURA® was exposed to different storage conditions (refrigerated and room temperature) at different pH levels (3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, and 8.0) in order to evaluate its potential application in beverage products. The strain was applied to a variety of beverage products, including coconut water, a dairy-based protein drink (Muscle Milk®), almond milk, and apple juice.

The study conducted suggests that even under these settings ProDURA® is still viable in an aqueous solution over a wide range of conditions. The study found that the spores are able to survive in a pH range of 3.5 to 8.0. The study also shows promising data on the potential use of ProDURA® as a probiotic in self-stable products as well as refrigerated products.

ProDURA®B. coagulans is a unique strain of spore-forming bacteria, best recognized for its probiotic characteristics. In their spore form, the bacteria are dormant and are encased in an outer shell which allows them to withstand the harshest environments. When they encounter the perfect conditions of temperature, pH, and moisture in the large intestine, they revert to their active form.

“The global probiotic market is growing and has a promising future in the U.S., in fact, many manufacturers are developing new food and beverage products to meet the growing demand,” said Michael Shahani, Chief Operations Officer of Nebraska Cultures. “We are excited to be at the forefront of this new segment in the probiotics industry with our ingredient, ProDURA®.”

“As an ingredient distributor, Maypro is always seeking out new opportunities to provide natural product companies with well-researched ingredients,” said Steve Yamada, Founder and Chairman of Maypro Group. “We are honored to be partnering with Nebraska Cultures in bringing a worthy example of a high quality researched ingredient, ProDURA®, now into the food and beverage industry.”

             *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.
              These ingredients are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

About Nebraska Cultures, Inc.

Since 1981, Nebraska Cultures has supplied the natural products industry with the finest probiotic cultures – specializing in the DDS-1 strain of Lactobacillus acidophilus and over a dozen other strains. As one of the most influential scientists in the field of probiotics, Dr. Khem Shahani began his landmark research on lactic acid bacteria at the University of Nebraska in the late 1950’s. There, in 1959, he discovered a particular strain of Lactobacillus acidophilus that showed superior growth, stability and nutritional viability. New strains include ProDURA®, a remarkably resilient and proven strain of Bacillus coagulans available exclusively from Nebraska Cultures. For more information, please visit: www.nebraskacultures.com.

About Maypro

Headquartered in Purchase, NY and with offices in Tokyo and Shanghai, Maypro Group is a leading global supplier of specialty nutraceutical ingredients to the nutritional supplement, sports nutrition, pet and veterinary, cosmetic, functional food and fine chemical industries.  In addition to being a leading supplier of mainstream products such as CoQ10, fish oil, glucosamine and various botanical extracts, Maypro also markets a very strong portfolio of clinically validated proprietary and branded ingredients, representing some of the top manufacturers from Japan, Europe, and the United States.  For more information, please visit www.maypro.com.