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VSL#3 (VSL Pharmaceuticals, Inc)
Probiotics & Prebiotics
Written by Maff     August 19, 2008    
I have suffered from both fungal (Candida) and bacterial intestinal overgrowth to a severe degree for many years as a result of antibiotic use and the immune dysfunction caused by chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Over the years I have tried a number of probiotic products that have certainly altered the composition of my gut flora to some degree as I have experienced tell-tale die-off reactions while taking them. However, none of these probiotic products significantly reduced my gut symptoms of bloating, gas, and alternating constipation and diarrhoea.

VSL#3 is different. After taking two packets a day for around a month I really did notice a difference. This is no doubt down to the fact that VSL#3 contains far more probiotic bacteria than other products (450 billion per packet) and has been proven effective for a number of gastrointestinal disorders in clinical trials.

There are however, a few downsides. First off VSL#3 is expensive. For me at the present it is prohibitively expensive, especially using two packets per day. Also, it is a dairy-based probiotic which is a problem for me as both dairy and gluten affect my concentration and cause of symptoms associated with cognitive dysfunction.

Despite these reservations, I would certainly recommend that anyone with gastrointestinal issues give this product a trial.

Overall rating 
 
6.6
Perceived Effectiveness  
 
7.0
Lack of side effects (tolerability)  
 
7.0
Ease of use  
 
7.0
Value for money  
 
5.0
Would you recommend? 
 
7.0
Maff Reviewed by Maff August 19, 2008
Last updated: July 29, 2009
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The First Probiotic to Really Alleviate my Gut Sym

I have suffered from both fungal (Candida) and bacterial intestinal overgrowth to a severe degree for many years as a result of antibiotic use and the immune dysfunction caused by chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Over the years I have tried a number of probiotic products that have certainly altered the composition of my gut flora to some degree as I have experienced tell-tale die-off reactions while taking them. However, none of these probiotic products significantly reduced my gut symptoms of bloating, gas, and alternating constipation and diarrhoea.

VSL#3 is different. After taking two packets a day for around a month I really did notice a difference. This is no doubt down to the fact that VSL#3 contains far more probiotic bacteria than other products (450 billion per packet) and has been proven effective for a number of gastrointestinal disorders in clinical trials.

There are however, a few downsides. First off VSL#3 is expensive. For me at the present it is prohibitively expensive, especially using two packets per day. Also, it is a dairy-based probiotic which is a problem for me as both dairy and gluten affect my concentration and cause of symptoms associated with cognitive dysfunction.

Despite these reservations, I would certainly recommend that anyone with gastrointestinal issues give this product a trial.

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