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VSL#3 Probiotics Questions

Questions Answered about VSL3 Probiotics

What is in VSL#3 Probiotics?

VSL3 Probiotic Strains

VSL#3 is made up of a unique combination of 8 diverse strains of bacteria that have a significant effect with regard to metabolic and functional activities.

Many research studies show us that not all strains of probiotic bacteria are the same.
However, VSL#3’s 8 different strains of live bacteria have been researched and shown to be mixed in a particular proportion to be able to optimize the probiotic content and so encourage optimal intestinal diversity.

VSL#3 is known to have one of the highest concentration of bacteria (compared to other probiotics) and that their unique combination of strains makes VSL#3 extremely potency.
We also know now that when you take multiple bacterial strains in specified ratios the benefits are greater than when you take a single-strain probiotic.

Can I mix VSL with something?

Yes, you can mix VSL probiotics in water or with any cold, non-carbonated drink or even any cold food like yogurt or apple sauce.

However, its not advisable to mix VSL#3 with hot beverages or hot foods.

Is there a preferred time of day to take VSL3?

It may be taken at any time of day, it is does not matter.

How long can I take VSL#3?

The length of time you take VSL3 depends on the reason you’re taking it and the severity of your symptoms. Consult your healthcare provider for recommendations.

What condition are well suited to be using VSL3?

VSL#3 can be used for dietary management of ulcerative colitis (UC), ileal pouch or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

How much VSL3 is best for me?

Clinical studies shown that VSL#3 for dietary management of ulcerative colitis (UC), pouchitis or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may be taken in varying daily amounts anywhere from 225 (1/2 packet or 2 capsules) to 3,600 (8 packets of VSL#3) billion bacteria.

Talk to your health care provider for recommendations.

Historically, the suggested daily intake of VSL, based on studies are as follows:

  • VSL#3 Capsules (112.5 billion in each): Consume 2-8 capsules daily or as directed
  • VSL#3 Packets (450 billion in each): Consume 1-8 packets daily or as directed

When will I see results?

Generally speaking, it takes about 1 week to notice changes. A study shows that maximum bacterial colonization of the gut occurs within 20 days.

This high level of colonization continues while you are taking it, the effect can last for up to 3 weeks.

What is the shelf life of VSL?

When VSL is left unopened and also kept in a refrigerator (36-46°F or 2-8°C), VSL probiotics are guaranteed through the “Best if used by” date on the packaging.


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Dr. Pamela Nathan DHM July 26, 2016