What are the best probiotics on the market?

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   Posted 2/5/2010 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Trying to make my mind, not too sure which one to buy.
Can you tell me the probiotics you like most?        Thank you!          Peter
36 yrs male. From Arizona
Took a lot of antibiotics for my sinus infection caused by allergy, Augmentin and triple antibiotics regimen. Now qualilfy to join UC team.
Dx in 2007. Proctitis only( party of Ulcerative Colitis). Mild Hemorrhoid. Fish oil 2 capules twice a day, helps. Alo Vera sometimes helps. Propolis helped quit bit, but had to stop due to allergy issue.

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   Posted 2/6/2010 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
VSL 3 are the strongest you can buy at 450 billion per sachet. A lot of people on here have success taking this probiotic. I had to stop taking it though as i am in a really bad flare, and it seemed to make things worse. I will try again when i have managed to dampen down my flare.

Another good one apparently is Natren, they all come in single species. I am going to be trying this one next. I will start with Bifido infantis, then Bifido factor.

If you go to the search bar at the top of the page, and write in probiotics, you will find loads of threads on probiotics.

Hope this helps.
Ulcerative colitis for around 15 years untreated (Im am 28 years old now)

Asacol tablets and enemas,Steroids, Pentasa, Mezavant, Sulphazine, 6MP to name a few do not work for me. I do not want to try remicade. Possible surgery in the future.

I am on no meds, now looking into probiotics, turmeric Vitamin E enemas and fecel transplantation. Getting food allergy tested 23.1.10

In a bad flare since Christmas, which I need to get under control fast as it is taking over my life.

My biggest concern BOWEL CANCER :O(

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   Posted 2/6/2010 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had good success with Natren Healthy Trinity - which actually contains three species (isolated from each other), although Mercury28 is right to claim that they also offer separately the strains found in Healthy Trinity plus B. infantis as found in Lifestart.

Another one receiving positive reviews is Custom Probiotics. I may try that brand next.

In general, I'm an advocate for refrigerated brands given that probiotics have a limited shelf life (these are living organisms after all). The big drawback is that refrigerated brands tend to be more expensive. However, this may well be a situation where you get what you pay for.
Diagnosed with UC in 1990.
Current Meds: Sulfasalazine & Folic Acid.
Supplements: fish oil, flax oil, glucosamine, CoQ10, fiber, aloe vera juice, probiotics.
Other: unpasteurized milk every day.

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   Posted 2/6/2010 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
There's a psychological factor with VSL 3. You're doing the best you can for yourself. It was a turning point for me in my journey to remission. I felt empowered. I do think it works biologically, of course.


diagnosed pancolitis mild to moderate on Sept. 15, 2009

also bipolar II (200 mg. Lamictal plus 1200 trileptal and melatonin)

4 400 mg. Asacol 3 times daily,
1000 mg. Canasa - nightly
1 tbs psyllium husk powder drinks
VSL-#3 -- one packet daily
Multi-vitamin, 1200 calcium plus D,
Viviscal twice daily (hair loss)
1000 mg fish oil
Eliminated dairy, red meat,alcohol caffeine, spicy, fried. Low oil, mostly steamed or soft veggies, peeled fresh or frozen fruits.

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   Posted 2/6/2010 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I am totally sold on the VSL products. They have helped me get out of flares. Right now I take VSL#3DS - it's prescription, so my insurance covers a lot of the cost.
I have also taken Ultimate Flora Critical Care, a high bifido probiotics (50 billion per capsule) and I'd found it to help, too.
Age 53. Diagnosed UP 1983, Azulphidine
Diagnosed UC 1986 Prednisone almost 2 years
Asacol - 16 pills/day, cortenemas, Rowasa
Metamucil - 2 doses/day since '86, and psyllium seed powder
VSL#3DS, Ultimate Flora Critical Care
Multivitamin, Calcium and D, Flax Seed Oil
homemade yogurt each day
Ryzolt for arthritis pain

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