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   Posted 1/6/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Are there any creditable studies that have been done regarding pribiotics? If so what b rands prove to be the best.

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   Posted 1/6/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe there has been one clinical trial re VSL3 which indicated some promising results. There have been some other studies re probiotics in general that have shown conflicting results -- some showed improvement in some patients, others not so much. Overall I think the scientific verdictis still out, but you see a lot of anecdotal comments on this forum and elsewhere that indicate in general that they sure can't hurt, and may help many patients, at least in some marginal ways.

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   Posted 1/6/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I think the best probiotics are the ones that have several different types of bacteria. This way they cover a wider range of benefits.

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   Posted 1/6/2008 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Yes, researchers are diving more and more into probiotics since there is a very strong link to IBD and bacterial this link...

Just scroll to the top of the page when the link loads in to read the article from the beginning.


I moved up your text to take up less space. Kitt :)

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   Posted 1/6/2008 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't necessarily know of any studies on probiotics, but I do know one that I found helpful. It's called Digestive Advantage. There's a few different kinds, I took the one for crohn's and colitis. It really helped with the big D. And you can get a free sample online from them. I hope this helps in some way!

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   Posted 1/7/2008 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Look on I would get many postings about new articles in peer review journals about probiotics. Also, it may just give you the abstracts, but Medline is pretty good as well.

My GI had me on a product called "Align" which is USP certified and done by Metamucil. It's a bit pricey, but seemed to work. Now, however, I use a generic brand that had as least 4 strands and 2 of each genus.

Hope this helps in your search.

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   Posted 1/7/2008 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Although this is an article not a study, it does cite a couple studies. It's also an interesting article, listing foods naturally high in probiotics and prebiotics, and listing a few favorite brands of one doctor.
Mother to 15 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September.

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