VSL#3 v. Digestive Advantage

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LondonRed
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   Posted 1/4/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I am taking both but I feel the Digestive Advantage is the better one, maybe because VSL#3 is made from skimmed milk with doesn't bode well for those of who don't like diary. Anyone else have an opinion?
 
The thing is VSL#3 is available on prescription so it is cheaper.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Colitis currently under some control using Asacol Enema Current Medication: 1000mg Asacol Suppositories, 800mg Asacol Tablets x 2 a day


bookworm21
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   Posted 1/4/2009 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I took DA and it didn't help at all. I think it also has some extra sugars or something. I've been on VSL#3 for a week and a half so far, but haven't noticed any difference (probably takes a while). VSL#3 has multiple bacterial strains and actually has research done. But since this disease is so individual, DA may work better for some; it just depends.
Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis)1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (5 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, Forvia, 6 Colazal, 1 Anucort, Culturelle, Fish Oil, Calcium/Vit D supplement, 10 mg Prozac, VSL #3
 


LondonRed
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   Posted 1/4/2009 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
True mate, I don't think any Probiotic work for me - I just don't notice much difference at all. I'll stick to the VSL#3 as that's seems to be more proven.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Colitis currently under some. Current Medication: 500mg Asacol Suppositories, 800mg Asacol Tablets x 2 a day.


Peety
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   Posted 1/4/2009 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
My impression is that Digestive Advantage is a commercial probiotic for people who are healthy, while others are for treating digestive disease/imbalance. But I agree, you probably have to experiment, everyone is different.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


LondonRed
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   Posted 1/4/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
DA do a specific probiotic or Chrohn's and Colitis sufferers though.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Colitis currently under some. Current Medication: 500mg Asacol Suppositories, 800mg Asacol Tablets x 2 a day.


Peety
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   Posted 1/4/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I still think it's not medical grade. If I had Chrohns I wouldn't be buying probiotic OTC. I might be wrong.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder at first, now Forte pills. Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


LondonRed
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   Posted 1/4/2009 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
You can get VSL#3 over the counter too though right?

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Colitis currently under some. Current Medication: 500mg Asacol Suppositories, 800mg Asacol Tablets x 2 a day.


crazytrain411
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   Posted 1/4/2009 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Ive read the info for Digestive Advantage. It has only a single strain called Bacillus Coagulans. I have never heard of nor read anything about this strain. Upon reading a bit It seems like this is a sporeformer bacteria and while it is determined they have good survivability and colonization, but no indication of what else it does.

Some quotes:

"coagulans does not have a GRAS status of the FDA, nor has there been a thorough independent safety evaluation of this species"
"there is very little evidence of the use of B. coagulans as a probiotic in humans" - this means there were very few studies and didnt show much positive effect.

VSL#3 has 8 strains that include well studied strains such as acidophilus, casei and plantarum that have been demonstrated in clinical studies to resolve inflamation.

I would say Digestive Advantage has little to support claims of positive effects and I would stick with VSL#3.
Off of 5-ASA (6 years) and 1-day minor flareup since probiotics started.

Probiotics 18 strains (vsl#3 + N.F. Ultimate multi probiotic + Trophic Acidophilus Plus + Nature's Way P. Reuteri + Florastore S. Boulardii) - 500 billion per day. No sugar, Oatmeal in the morning.
L-glutamine, elm powder, vit b & folic acid, 5 g vitamin C, vit D, vit E, Calcium+Magnesium

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