One thing that is very important to remember is that Probiotics is not FDA approved, so without regulations, there are alot of products out there that do not contain the bacteria that is stated on the label. I have always been taught that in order for live bacteria to remain alive and be beneficial is that it has remained cold from the time of manufacturing to the time it is sold and ingested. So first, you should look at a reputable health food store and then only shop in the the refrigidated section. Unfortanately, that is where you are going to find the most expensive probiotics. I have used VSL #3 b/c my GI told me that is the only probiotic that has been tested in trials. I currently take Natren brand probiotics. They have different strands, but I take the Healthy Trinity which contain a mixture of strands with 30 billion CFU, which is the most I have seen per pill, excluding VSL. For a maintenance, it is recommended that a person ingest 10-12 billion CFU daily. I am relatively well, just rebounding from a flare and I am currently taking just one Healthy Trinity at 30 billion at bedtime. I was taking two pills at 60 billion when I was sick to speed up my recovery and build up the good bacteria after taking an antibiotic.
As for fish oil, I only take Omega 3. Research shows that Omega -3 assists with inflammation. When I buy my omega 3s, I look at the amount of EPA and DHA. I take a higher amount when I am sick and a lower amount when I am good just for maintenance. I am currently taking Metagenics brand that has a combo 720 EPA & DHA per pill....the most I have seen in pill form. I take between 4-6 pills daily currently. You can also buy liquid and mix in protein shakes etc b/c that is more concentrated and contains more for less. I couldnt do it b/c I couldnt bear the consistency. Taste wasnt too bad b/c I bought the lemon flavor, but I also didnt mix with anything.
Hope this information helps...I will be honest...my supplements and diet has helped me in many cases more than my "medical" treatments have.
29 y/o female diagnosed with UC 2/06
Active Flare (with short periods of relief d/t prednisone) for approx 2 years
Experimented with every class of drugs with no complete remission
Currently in remission with the help of a naturopathic doc
Meds currently taking:
*Remicade 500mg every 8 weeks (10 tx under my belt)
*Fish oil, Natren Probiotics, Vitamin D3, L-Glutamine Powder, DHEA