My husband was diagnosed with Crohn's colitis about a year ago, and we've had an interesting journey through various medications and diet attempts. I have a degree in chemistry, so I've been spending a lot of time on PubMed looking at all the research -- I'm particularly interested in the scientific evidence for "alternative" therapies, including probiotics and prebiotics.
Anyway, enough of the background. Hubby has noticed that he feels a little better when he has yogurt, and I've been mainly buying the Cascade Fresh Active8 stuff at Henry's. I was researching it a bit more today, and it looks like its probiotic content is very similar to VSL#3 (which he hasn't tried yet).
According to their website, a 6 oz. serving of Cascade Fresh yogurt has about 920 billion total cfu's and includes lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus rhamnosis, lactobacillus casei, lactobacillus bulgaricus, bifidobacterium bifidum, bifidobacterium longum, bifidobacterium infantis, and stretococcus thermophilus.
A packet of VSL#3 has 450 billion cfu, including four strains of lactobacilli (acidophilus, bulgaricus, casei, plantarum), three strains of bifidobacteria (breve, infantis, longum), and Streptococcus thermophilus.
It seems like the yogurt would be a much more economical/yummy way to get all those good bacteria... what do you think? Has anyone else tried this brand?