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VSL#3 Probiotic

 

 

 

 

 

 

VSL#3 Probiotics

A Probiotic.org Expert Product Review

 
Product Overview According to the company, VSL#3 is a highly concentrated probiotic which can help in the management of ulcerative colitis, an ileal pouch, or irritable bowel syndrome. They proclaim this supplement a “medical food” and proclaim that on the packaging that it is “the living shield.”
Manufacturer This probiotic supplement is a product of VSL Pharmaceuticals, Incorporated, whose parent company is Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, Incorporated.
Probiotic Strain(s) VSL#3 includes a concentration of Lactic Acid Bacteria.
Colony Forming Units (CFU) VSL#3 contains 450 billion live active cultures in each packet of powder.
Listed Benefits and Studies The manufacturer claims that VSL#3 is one of the few probiotic supplements on the market which has been studied using a double blind control group and a placebo. According to them, one study showed that seventy-seven percent of the patients taking this supplement to treat active ulcerative colitis were successful in getting some relief, and there were no reported harmful side effects. In a second study, patients who were allergic to 5-ASA were treated with VSL#3, and seventy-five percent had a positive result for a period of twelve months.

Patients using VSL#3 in studies of those with irritable bowel syndrome reported a twenty-five percent reduction in gas and bloating. Additionally, according to the company, studies have shown that those with irritable bowel syndrome who had trouble with diarrhea reported a reduction in urgency when treated with VSL#3 compared to those in the control group.

For patients taking VSL#3 to treat an Ileal Pouch, the company says that studies showed a reduction in the median stool frequency. The company lists three other controlled studies which support the use of VSL#3 in the treatment of pouchitis.
Method of Delivery VSL#3 Probiotics comes in a box of ten packages containing powder to be mixed in water. This solution will have a light, lemony cream flavor.
Inactive Ingredients Other than the active probiotic strain, this supplement contains maltose, silicon dioxide, and flavoring.
Listed Directions The company suggests taking one to four packets of VSL#3 every day, but the correct dosage should be directed by a doctor. Put the packet of powder into any non-carbonated drink and stir. This product may be taken with or without food at any time of the day.
Listed Precautions The manufacturer says this product should be used only under the supervision of a physician. Antibiotics may inactivate the living bacteria in VSL#3 Probiotics.
Storage VSL#3 Probiotics must be kept chilled and is even shipped in a refrigerated package to protect the live active cultures.
Shelf Life Without refrigeration, the shelf life is about one week, but when refrigerated, VSL#3 Probiotics should remain potent for about two years.
Place of Manufacture VSL Pharmaceuticals is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
 


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