i have tried:
vsl #3 DS (9 months)
jarrows sach boulardi
at least 2 more that i cannot recall the names of
and:::: I made and ate homemade kefir (BIllions and billions of bacteria) daily for 3 months.
..... and NONE of them ever made one bit of differnce in my UC symptoms or my bowel habits. nothing. i never got bloated or gassy from them. when the probiotics would run out and i wasnt taking them there was absolutely no difference in my uc or how i felt. they dont seem to do anything for me.
....i just started sustenex ($27 for 3 mos) just to see how they work, but after this i am done. probiotics do not make one bit of difference for me. BUT if you try a bunch yourself, you may find one that works for you, as there are def UCers that get benefits from them. Its so much trial and error.
UC since 1991, pancolitis
current: remission since 7/12
meds: 100 mg imuran (started 6/6/12), lialda, omeprazole (gerd),rowasa 2x week
supplements: fish oil, calcium/vitamin d (tried many many supps/diets/alternative stuff, none worked)
Diet: trying to eat as healthy as possible! lactose free. minimal gluten, sugar, vinegar, processed foods and veg oils. trying to eat more organic/grass fed.