Probiotics, once considered important by only a small segment of devoted advocates, have been propelled into the mainstream. A recent article in Natural Products Insider, described the growth in consumer awareness as a 567-percent increase from 2002 to 2009 with over 60% of Americans aware of the term, probiotics. The US is considered an “emerging market”, behind Europe and Asia where probiotics are more of a staple. Probiotics have gone beyond the exploration phase to become a foundation for health.
More and more research supports the health promise of probiotics ranging from the long-held acceptance of digestive health and immune function benefits to the possibilities of health improvement in use of probiotics for skin, oral health, chronic disease and even obesity. There are over 6500 citations on probiotics in Pub Med (the National Center for Biotechnology of the National Institutes of Health). Google Scholar has over 62,500 citations for probiotics with 14,400 in the past year and Scirus, a search engine for scientific articles, has close to 87,000 citations on probiotics.
The human body contains over 100 trillion microbes, ten times more than the cells in the body. These microbes live in a symbiotic relationship with the human cells, providing little understood health benefits. Yet, we continue to do everything possible to eradicate them, from overuse of antibiotics and antiseptics to poor diet and even stress. These microbes may be so important that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has appropriated $115 million to study them in the “Human Microbiome Project”.
From the earliest days of probiotics when Eli Metchnikoff observed the incredible healthy longevity of Bulgarian peasants who consumed vast amounts of fermented dairy foods, probiotics have demonstrated health-promoting properties. Early clinical studies tested probiotics ability to decrease the duration and severity of diarrhea, still the number one killer in the world. Most recently, several studies using probiotics to minimize the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have continued to support the benefits of using probiotics for digestive health. New studies have illustrated that probiotics may have promise in management of cholesterol, oral health problems, skin conditions, inflammation, and even obesity.
As more time and money is invested in clinical and university research studies, findings support the likelihood that Dr. Dash was truly prophetic when he believed in and reintroduced probiotics in USA in 1979 and made the statement that, “Probiotics are more important than multivitamins and should be taken daily”™.
About UAS Laboratories, Inc.
UAS Laboratories, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN USA), established in 1979, is one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies specializing in research, manufacturing and marketing of probiotics for human health. The company manufactures products containing the trademarked, patented, superstrain, Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS®-1, a probiotic with over 200 university and clinical studies. DDS® Probiotics are sold to natural products retailers, health professionals, private label customers and as ingredients to manufacturers in the US, Canada and over 35 other countries. It has recently introduced a women’s health formula which received the 2010 Best Supplement Award in Women’s Health. It has also been awarded the 2010 Customer Value Enhancement Award in probiotics by Frost & Sullivan. UAS Labs was founded by Dr. S.K. Dash, the probiotic pioneer. Dr. Dash is the Vice President and Scientific Advisor of the International Probiotic Association and Adjunct Professor of Nutrition and Food Science at South Dakota State University.