Nebraska Cultures launches ProDURA probiotic

Strain survives at temperatures up to 100 C with almost no loss in potency, so it can be used in processed food, softgel and gummy applications.

Nebraska Cultures Inc., the creator and exclusive supplier of Dr. Shahani’s® L. acidophilus, announced the launch of ProDURA™, a unique strain of Bacillus coagulans, a highly durable probiotic, at the 2012 SupplySide West Global Expo & Conference at The Venetian & Sands Expo in Las Vegas. 

Marketed exclusively by Nebraska Cultures, ProDURA is an unusual probiotic strain since it is a spore-forming bacterium with a naturally protective coating that stays dormant until it meets the perfect conditions of heat, pH and moisture found in the large intestine. 

“We are very excited to introduce this remarkably resilient probiotic to manufacturers who are looking for a strain blend with unsurpassed stability,” explained Michael Shahani, director of operations for Nebraska Cultures. “Unlike most cultures available to manufacturers, ProDURA can survive processing, shipping, storage and, importantly, the digestive tract.”

ProDURA’s remarkable stability shows no loss in potency at room temperature for three years and is highly resistant to stomach acid and bile. It survives at temperatures up to 100°C with almost no loss in potency, so it can be used in processed food, softgel and gummy applications; and can even be stable for various applications at 200°C or more. With stability at both very high and low pH conditions, ProDURA can deliver higher counts to the digestive tract.

ProDURA is available exclusively from Nebraska Cultures, Inc.  For more information, including scientific studies, please call (925) 935-0922 or visit

About Nebraska Cultures
Since 1981, Nebraska Cultures has supplied the natural products industry with the finest probiotic cultures—the Dr. Shahani's® brand—specializing in the DDS-1 strain of Lactobacillus acidophilus. Nebraska Cultures remains at the forefront of the probiotic industry by performing new research, increasing consumer awareness, growing its business overseas and expanding into functional foods.

As one of the most influential probiotics scientists to date, Dr. Khem Shahani began his landmark research on Lactobacillus acidophilus at the University of Nebraska in the late 1950s. There he discovered a particular strain of Lactobacillus acidophilus that showed superior growth, stability and nutritional viability. Dr. Shahani would later name the strain DDS-1 for the Department of Dairy Science Number One strain and spend the rest of his career unlocking its potentials for improving overall health.


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