VSL#3 at Costco, just got it today

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   Posted 2/7/2011 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I buy from the VSL#3 web site for about $50 a bottle, though it's cheaper when I claim it on a health spending account with a doctor's note. That includes the cost of shipping in an oversized box with styrofoam and ice bricks.

Along the lines of Peace&Harmony's unanswered question, how are people getting the pills from Costco for $42? Does the pharmacy special-order it as an over-the-counter item?

Post Edited (Kylaa) : 2/7/2011 8:26:16 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/7/2011 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
LuckyLindy said...
1 sachet (packet) of VSL#3 contains 450 Billion bacteria. 1 mL of SCD-style yogurt (fermented 24 hours) contains up to 15 Billion bacteria ... less if fermented for a shorter period of time. This means that 30 mL = 1 packet (30 mL = 2 tablespoons = 1/8 cup). I would typically eat 2 cups per day, or roughly equivalent to 4-16 packets depending on how tart I made the yogurt. My 2 quart yogurt maker would thus turn 1 packet into the equivalent of 16+ packets.

Note that if you follow normal yogurt making instructions (4-6 hours), the bacteria content will be in the 1-3 Billion/mL range. This equates to roughly 1-3 cups equaling a packet. To get the equivalent of 8 packets, you'd then have to eat A TON of yogurt, which would likely hurt more than help.

I went back and forth between the VSL#3 and my tart yogurt and found both to be effective. I ended up giving it up after a while, as I was tired of making yogurt and didn't want to pay $300+/month for the VSL#3 at the doses necessary.

Lindy, how do you measure vsl3 capsule and how much do you put as a starter in to make one quart of yogurt? Once done why can't you use the previous batch of yogurt that you made with vsl3 as a starter in the next yogurt? And, from what i know normal scd yogurt has 3 billion/ml but you are saying that the one you are making has 15 billion/ml so does using vsl3 as a starter increases the probiotics of the yogurt?

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