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Why VSL3?

VSL#3 Probiotic 2 Pack Capsules VSL3 Can Help If You….

  • Have heavy stress
  • Have recently taken antibiotics
  • Drink a lot of alcohol
  • Eat a lot of sugar
  • Get recurring fungal infections

Did you know that if you do just one of these system stressors on a regular basis, your gut health could be compromised.  Microorganisms which reside in your gut can not be stimulated to grow by a change in diet alone. That’s why probiotics are necessary. Before your immune system gets out of wack, consider taking probiotics.

Why take VSL#3?

  • 10 times the strength of the average probiotic
  • Proprietary blend of 8 strains of live probiotic bacteria; multiple bacteria strains taken simultaneously provide a wider range of benefits than single strain probiotics.
  • The effects of probiotics are very strain specific; the strains of VSL#3 are backed by more than 170 published studies
  • Greater potency which ensures that bacteria survive the stomach acid and bile to colonize in your gut.
  • VSL #3 is now dairy-free for those people who suffer from milk allergies or lactose intolerance.

In 2014 the World Health Organization defined Probiotics as “live microorganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” VSL#3 meets the definition of a probiotic.

What are the results of VSL#3?

  • Maintains a healthy mucosal lining
  • Strengthens intestinal barriers
  • Strengthens the tight junctions
  • Improves immune system
  • Improves digestion

What Conditions Does VSL#3 Help?

If you are still wondering if VSL#3 could be right for you, take a look at these testimonials from those who have been helped by this product. VSL#3 is now available in three formulations, regular strength, double strength and packet form. It’s simple to take as a capsule or just add it to a beverage or smoothie.

Contact us if you have any questions about VSL#3 or need help with determining the best dose to take for your condition or symptoms.

VSL#3 Probiotic is now Dairy Free

VSL#3 Probiotic is now Dairy FreePress Release provided by PR Newswire tells us that VSL3 Probiotic is now Dairy Free. This has not been the case up until their recent move of manufacture to Italy.

VSL#3 Probiotics representative has announced that VSL Pharmaceuticals has relocated the manufacture of their probiotic medical food VSL#3 back to Italy so that they can remove all traces of dairy from the process. According to their press release it makes them the only dairy-free probiotic medical food available.

What is VSL#3 Probiotic?

The press release goes on to explain that VSL#3 (VSL Pharmaceuticals) is a probiotic medical food for the dietary management of patients with ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and ileal pouch.

They say that the move to make it diary-free will enable those patients who also suffer from milk allergies or lactose intolerance to be able to use VSL#3.

Mary Ocnean, vice president of commercial operations at Sigma-Tau Healthscience USA Inc., VSL#3’s U.S. distributor, says, “As demand for the VSL#3 brand continues, we have more consumers and recommenders talking about VSL#3 and giving us great feedback over the years, including some questions around the dairy component.”

“Moving VSL#3 back to the original manufacturing facility in Italy allowed the brand to revert back to an established process that removes all dairy while maintaining the original proprietary mix of eight strains of live bacteria.”

“The new manufacturing process will also be more efficient and stabilize pricing.”

She says that the relocation will enable packaging improvements to help maintain potency, including a new cap to replace the peel-off covering, and they are using thicker powder packets or sachets.

Ocnean adds that a trace amount of cornstarch has also been added to the product to reduce moisture and maintain potency,. This may be an area of concern for those patients who have corn allergies and previously used VSL3 capsules or their discontinued flavored packets that did not contain corn starch before the change was made to making VSL3 dairy-free.

 

New Probiotic Visbiome is Here

This new probiotic formulation is not really new at all. In fact, Professor Claudio De Simone invented the formulation in the mid-1990s, and it’s been on the market under the “VSL#3®*” brand name since 2003.  In early 2015, Professor De Simone began collaborating with ExeGi Pharma, LLC to produce Visbiome.  Visbiome  contains the same formulation as is found in the VSL#3®* probiotic blend as produced before January 31, 2016. VSL#3® is a registered trademark of, and is manufactured exclusively for, VSL Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Visbiome is manufactured exclusively for ExeGi Pharma, LLC and is not affiliated with, endorsed by, or distributed by VSL Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

That’s right, Visbiome contains the same probiotic blend, and is manufactured using the original production methods, that the Professor originally invented, but it is priced lower than VSL#3.

Visbiome ProbioticIf you have used VSL#3* for relief from digestive conditions then you know how effective it is.

Recently, Professor Claudio De Simone, released an informative open letter to healthcare practitioners . . . 

Visbiome Letter

Dear Colleagues,

As a healthcare practitioner caring for patients with complex conditions like inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis and ileal pouch, you know that prescribing multi-strain, high-potency probiotics can be an important tool in stabilizing your patients’ conditions. As a gastroenterologist and Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Department of Medicine and Surgery of the University of L’Aquila in Italy, I am writing to update you on an important new development.

Nearly 25 years ago, I invented a high-potency probiotic formulation, which was later sold under the brand name, “VSL#3®*.” This brand name was registered as a trademark by VSL Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and my formulation has been sold for years as a medical food under that trademark.

Now, my proprietary formulation (the “De Simone Formulation”) is available under the trademarks, “Visbiome™” and “Visbiome™ Extra Strength.” Recently, I entered into a partnership with ExeGi Pharma, LLC to produce and commercialize my formula. Visbiome is manufactured for ExeGi Pharma, LLC and is not affiliated with, endorsed by, nor distributed by VSL Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

While I retain full ownership of the De Simone Formulation, VSL Pharmaceuticals, Inc. retains ownership of the “VSL#3®*” trademark. Because of this unusual situation, my goal is to ensure that doctors and patients have a clear understanding of the formulation found in Visbiome. You and your patients therefore should rest assured that Visbiome does indeed contain the De Simone Formulation (i.e., the same strains, in the same concentrations and proportions, and is therapeutically equivalent to the VSL#3®* probiotic blend produced before January 31, 2016).

As a scientist and physician, I am extremely proud of the vast amount of clinical data that has been gathered on the De Simone Formulation over the past 25 years. That is why I have worked to ensure absolute consistency in the manufacture of my formulation, now found in Visbiome.

Because ExeGi has adhered to the original composition of strains, methods of production (both fermentation and lyophilization), and strain ratios, you can be confident that the extensive body of research on the De Simone Formulation will be applicable to your clinical decision-making about whether Visbiome is right for your patients.

Many of you in the GI community have been generous over the years in sharing how the De Simone Formulation has helped many of your patients manage their conditions. This extraordinary record of therapeutic success has fueled my commitment to ensuring that your patients will have continued and expanded access to the formulation they have come to trust and depend on for a quarter century. For this reason, I’m very pleased to announce that ExeGi will be manufacturing the De Simone Formulation exactly as it has been produced for so many years.

Claudio De Simone, M.D., PhD

*VSL#3® is a registered trademark of VSL Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and is manufactured exclusively for, VSL Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Visbiome is manufactured exclusively for ExeGi Pharma, LLC and is not affiliated with, endorsed by, nor distributed by VSL Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

VSL#3 Probiotics

VSL#3 Probiotic Capsules 2 PACKVSL#3® by Sigma Tau is probiotic medical food that aids in the dietary management of
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), UC (Ulcerative Colitis), pouchitis, or an ileal pouch.

Does VSL#3 really improve symptoms in patients with IBS? YES It Does!
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To read about fourty-eight studies conducted with VSL#3, and IBS patients.

Does VSL#3 really improve symptoms in patients with Ulcerative Colitis? YES It Does!

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To read about a study showing remission in 77% of patients with UC, with no adverse affects – Study conducted by Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Read testimonials from others who use VSL#3
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VSL#3 Research Studies have been published in a variety of prestigious medical journals.

New Ideas about Chronic Inflammation

The San Diego Chapter of Crohns and Colitis Foundation Association – CCFA – held a patient and family education workshop on Saturday, April 12th. It was an extremely informative and well attended workshop. Some of the attendees were people who had just recently been diagnosed, with both Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, while others had been suffering with symptoms of IBD for years. Some were in remission, other now. There were family members of patients who came as well. The common theme was
their desire to know more about the causes of IBD and how to control diarrhea, pain, bloating and other uncomfortable associated symptoms. Lots of pertinent questions were asked and fortunately, many were
well answered.

The meeting was held at La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology. Dr. Mitch Kronenberg PhD, who welcomed us, told us that he was the one to actually start it in 1997. He is now the head of the division of Developmental Immunology. Mitch Kronenberg PhDDr. Kronenberg’s research focuses on what they call ‘natural killer T cells’, known as NKT. He studies their responses to bad (or pathogenic) bacteria. Most importantly, his laboratory also studies the causes and development of inflammatory bowel disease. He
told us that he has authored more than 250 publications. In fact, he is known as an Institute for Scientific Information “Highly Cited Scientist”.

It was very interesting to hear that his studies of Crohn’s and colitis investigate how these conditions are brought about by immune responses. What intrigued me the most is that he has found that it is the
uncontrolled response of white blood cells in the intestine that leads to chronic inflammation.

I was thrilled to see that Sigma Tau, the manufacturers of VSL#3 probiotics, was one of the sponsors included in the event. I have been advocating the use of VSL#3 for well over 10 years now. 30SachetsUnflavoredFront_2_274x218There are
lots of studies accumulated over the years to support the beneficial use of VSL#3 for IBD patients. Yes, research shows how loading doses of VSL3 are used to effectively control symptoms of ulcerative colitis as well as pouchitis.

You may not know that there are several kinds of VSL#3 now. We sell boxes of 30 sachet powders that contain 450 billion strains, convenient VSL 60 capsules of 122.5 billion strains each and VSL#3 Junior which are delicious watermelon flavored 30 powder sachets well suited for kids. I get great results using all three.

How much VSL#3 should you take?

Clinical studies that have evaluated VSL#3 for the dietary management of ulcerative colitis (UC), an ileal pouch or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) used varying daily amounts of VSL#3. Daily intake usually ranges from 225 (1/2 packet or 2 capsules) to 3,600 (8 packets of VSL#3 billion bacteria. Daily intake based on studies are as follows:
For Adults:
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

For Children:
VSL#3 Capsules (112.5 billion in each): Consume 1-8 capsules daily or as directed
VSL#3 JUNIOR packets (225 billion in each): Consume 1-4 packets daily or as directed
VSL#3 Packets (450 billion in each): Consume 1-4 packets daily or as directed.

Chronic inflammation, that’s what I’ve been talking about for years. Now, finally, medical research has progressed enough to validate the understanding that we, who have used a functional medicine model long before it even had a name, have known about for a long time. Sometimes, new concepts are hard to welcome into our way of thinking. Fortunately, we are seeing this type of verification from many different reliable sources now and that makes it easier.

Dr. Leonard Smith MD who is a retired general, vascular, and cancer surgeon as well as an expert on nutrition and natural supplementation talks about chronic inflammation as well. Dr Leonard Smith MDHe is currently on the volunteer faculty of the Department of Surgery and is a medical advisor and lecturer for the Division of Integrative Medicine at the University of Miami, Florida. Acknowledging the effectiveness of whole organic foods and nutritional supplementation, Dr. Smith stays on the cutting edge of research and
keeps pace with the latest advances in the field of functional nutrition.

He quotes a study to show that with aging there are marked reductions of several important species of probiotics, especially Bifidobacterium and Bacteroides, as well as a reduction in short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs).

He explains how these bacterial imbalances lead to improper immune sensing by what they call, ‘the gut-associated lymphoid tissue’ (GALT). This is what leads to increased inflammation and leaky gut symptoms. What happens is that the inflammatory proteins increase and so your gut and immune system is kept out of balance. Then widespread inflammation is found everywhere.

Because the origin of chronic inflammation is in the gut, this is where the balancing out begins. Did you know that two-thirds of the body’s defenses live in the digestive (GI) tract? Intestinal bloating, frequent bouts of diarrhea or constipation, gas and pain, heartburn and acid reflux are all early signs of an inflamed digestive tract.

Your immune system first manifests ‘over work’ in your digestive tract. It was designed to get rid of viruses and bacteria in your food before they infect your body. It has to take nutritional value from the food you eat and get rid of the rest. Now it has to do a whole lot more.

Today we give our digestive systems a lot more work to do. We have changed from eating a hunter-gatherer type diet to eating convenience and fast foods. This overwhelms our metabolism and GI tract. This breeds chronic inflammation. The modern diet gives us an eating pattern that has an upside-down ratio of fatty acids, high levels of wheat, dairy, and other common allergens and of course, way too much sugar and carbohydrates.

So the first step in reducing inflammation on a cellular level is to pay attention to your diet, in particular your glycemic load, your intake of essential fatty acids, and being aware of food sensitivities. Unfortunately, as we get older, foods that never bothered us before, like dairy and wheat, may trigger chronic low-grade indigestion or other seemingly minor symptoms that put our immune system on guard — with additional inflammatory concerns to follow.

I am a firm believer in the use of probiotics on a daily basis. They help reduce chronic inflammation in all types of digestive complaints. In fact, there was a recent study on the effectiveness of probiotics by Yoonl et al published in Dec 2013 to show how the proportion of patients whose symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome – IBS – were substantially relieved, were significantly higher in the probiotics group than in the placebo group.

So, start taking probiotics on a regular basis today to reduce pain, increase energy and relieve chronic inflammation. You’ll feel the benefits immediately.

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Sheryl Cohen November 8, 2016