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I have bought VSL capsules from your before. The seal on the new bottles are completely different. Are you selling a ‘knock off’ now?

No, we don’t sell any knock off supplements. VSL has repackaged their probiotics, both the packets and the capsules.

VSL#3 is now packaged with a new innovative cap that preserves the live bacteria and maintains potency by reducing the possibility of exposure to heat, light, moisture and contamination. This has allowed VSL to forgo the need for a second seal (similar to a water bottle) without any risk to tampering.

Why are the packets not the same as they used to be? They’re different, right?

This is another advancement to VSL#3 packets or sachets, as they used to be called. Now there are 3-layers instead of 2, making them slightly thicker. They reduce the heat, light and moisture that is able to enter the packet. This new packet preserves the live bacteria, maintaining potency as well as reducing risk of contamination.

Do the capsules really have corn starch in them now? They didn’t used to…

Yes, there is corn starch in VSL#3 capsules now.

Is it true that the flavored VSL sachets have been discontinued?

That is correct. However, the unflavored sachets are still available.

Is it true that VSL#3 Research shows that it can help Ulcerative Colitis?

Yes, this is true.

Here is a research article for you to read.


What are the species contained in VSL#3?

Streptococcus thermophilus
Bifidobacterium breve
Bifidobacterium longum*
Bifidobacterium infantis*
Lactobacillus acidophilus
Lactobacillus plantarum
Lactobacillus paracasei
Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus †

* Reclassified as B. lactis
† Recently reclassified as L. helveticus

How best to take VSL#3?

VSL#3 manufacturers suggest supervision by your health care provider. We are happy to help you with it, simply email help@goodgutsolution.com. That way you will know how much VSL#3 is right for you, how much VSL#3 to take and also for how long you ought take it.

VSL#3 formulations should not be mixed with hot drinks or foods.
Once added to food, VSL#3 ought to be consumed immediately.

VSL#3 is available as powder packets or as capsules.

VSL#3 is available as powder packets or as capsules. The powder packets are designed to be mixed into cold drinks such as water and juice or foods like applesauce or yogurt. immediately. The capsules can be swallowed whole or opened and the contents can be mixed into beverages and foods like the powder in packets.

The powder packets are designed to be mixed into cold drinks such as water and juice or foods like applesauce or yogurt immediately.

The capsules may be swallowed whole or opened and the contents may be mixed into beverages and foods, similar to the powder in packets.

I had a disagreement with my friend, I said that VSL capsules were not dairy free, she says they are! What the ‘true’ answer?

VSL capsules is now dairy free. They were not dairy free prior to January 31, 2016. They are now manufactured in Italy.

Here are the ingredient facts:
8 strains of live freeze dried bacteria,
hydroxypropyl-methylcellulose (= 00 size vegetarian capsule),
corn starch,
magnesium stearate,
silicon dioxide,
stearic acid and
microcrystalline cellulose

Does VSL contain gluten?

Yes, it is Gluten free

Is VSL#3 Kosher?

Yes, it is Kosher as well as  Halal Certified

My doctor advised me to get VSL for my IBS symptoms but he didn’t tell me whether to buy the capsules or the packets. What’s the difference?

The capsules:

  • Available in a 60 count bottle
  • Each TWO capsule serving contains 225 billion live probiotic bacteria
    (112.5 billion per capsule)

The packets:

  • Each packet or sachet contains 450 billion live probiotic bacteria
  • Supplied in a box containing 30 sachets


How can VSL3 survive the human body if it cannot survive warm water?

Warm is greater than body temperature.
Typically, they say no, referring to a cup of coffee or tea,which would be about 185 degrees.

Is VSL3 GMO Free?

Yes it is!

VSL3 is it Vegan?

All formulations of VSL DO NOT contain wheat, gluten (other cereals), soy, milk, crustacean shellfish, eggs, peanuts, nuts, fish, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, sulfur dioxide and sulfites (>10 mg/kg), lupin or mollusks

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