Products were also tested to see that they disintegrated properly (if in tablet form) so that their contents would be released, or if enteric-coated or delayed release, their contents would be released, respectively, after passing through the stomach.
"VSL#3 has been supported by extensive scientific data over the years along with being recognized by prestigious organizations, such as The World Organization of Gastroenterology," says Ocnean. "This validation by a reputable third party offers physicians and healthcare professional's added credibility in recommending VSL#3 to their patients and for consumers to have confidence taking the formulation."
Consumerlabs.com also advises consumers to choose a probiotic that is appropriate for the condition they have and provided a chart indicating which product and probiotic strains were studied in each condition. VSL#3, the testing lab says, shows current evidence for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
"IBS is a common problem in adults for which there is no cure," adds Ocnean. "It's a digestive disorder that does not discriminate among adults and children. As a high potency probiotic medical food, VSL#3 contains eight strains of live, freeze-dried lactic acid bacteria from 112.5 to 900 billion live bacteria per serving (depending on which VSL#3 formulation) making it up to 10 times more potent than the average probiotic. By adding VSL#3 to traditional therapies for the dietary management of ulcerative colitis or IBS, patients can help maintain their remission."
All VSL#3 formulations are refrigerated (to preserve potency) and kept behind the counter at pharmacies nationwide. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if VSL#3 is appropriate for you or your child. All forms of VSL#3 are medical foods and must be used under medical s
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