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Probiotics beneficial even when inactivated

Probiotics are ‘good’ bacteria which help to balance the microbial population in the gut. They’re often added to yoghurt to help promote gastrointestinal health. Previous research has suggested that probiotics can help in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and maybe even in other conditions. Friendly bacteria can benefit health even when they are inactivated.


The problem with live probiotics is that they alter the taste, texture and freshness of foods when they’re added. So their use has been limited to products like yoghurt. But researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have shown that even inactivated probiotics can be helpful. Working in a mouse model of colitis – similar to human IBD – they found that irradiated (and therefore inactivated) probiotics are as good as the live version against the disease. Further experiments showed that DNA in the probiotics stimulates the immune system in a way that helps keep the gut healthy. This survives the inactivation of the bacteria.



VSL#3 Probiotics has the highest available concentration of beneficial bacteria with 450 billion live bacteria per packet. The human gut has thousands of billions of resident bacteria. In order to modulate the composition of this gut flora in a positive way, an extremely large amount of probiotic bacteria is necessary. VSL#3 isone of  the only probiotic preparation that delivers enough bacteria to beneficially affect the gut flora in patients with serious intestinal disorders.

Probiotics can be recommended by doctors and here is a testimonial from Katie. , her doctor recommended VSL#3; I was given samples of VSL#3 from my doctor to try after I had a really bad flare of my ulcerative colitis. She said,” just try it you may help you”. Well I thought okay it’s worth a shot. So I’ve been using it for several months now and I feel great. I believe it gave me what I needed because my bowels were so inflamed and needed the good bacteria back. I’m a firm believer that VSL#3 is the only product I want to use to keep my ulcerative colitis under control. Thanks for a WONDERFUL product!!!!

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Diana Uriostegui September 5, 2013