Favorite probiotic?

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 9/15/2007 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
What are people's favorite probiotic? I could take yogurt, or Kefir, or an over-the-counter pill, or an expensive prescription/mail-order one. Each has its own mix of bacteria. They have done clinical studies on a couple designer bacteria that show they help, but that doesn't mean all the others don't work, right? Maybe it doesn't even matter which "good" bacteria to take, if the point is just to crowd out the bad bacteria.
Anway, which probiotics have people has success with? I am taking Kefir now, but it is pretty expensive, and has dairy and sodium which I might want to avoid right now.

Ben, 38
Symptoms started 10/06, diagnosed 4/07.
Currently on Prednisone (w/Prilosec&calcium), which helps; Limited help from hydrocortisone enemas; Bad reactions to Colazal and Lialda.
Diet mostly: whole grains, pasta, rice, cooked root vegetables, green drinks, fish, lactose-free dairy, keifer, nuts, protein smoothies, bananas.

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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 9/15/2007 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking Acidophilus Pearls for almost the last year.

You may want to do a search at the top of the page for "probiotics." There are tons of posts out there talking about probiotics. You may find some helpful info.
Tabitha (Tab)

100mg Azathioprine, 2 Fibercon, Colazal-6 a day, Acidopholis Pearls, Prilosec OTC

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   Posted 9/15/2007 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Primadophilus Reuteri all the way, affective, affordable, has helped with other issues...high cholesterol, lactose intolerance and for women it even aids with vaginal health...it has guaranteed intestinal release which is likely why for me it's so affective...only downside is it must be kept cold at all times, but it's worth it.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 9/15/2007 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
study after study shows that uc'ers are deficient in bifido bacteria-- so load up on those. Nature's Way Bifidus probiotics, and Kyodophilus are awesome. I also take the pearls.

Left-sided UC, Jun 2005. Flex-sig only... clear for first 20cms, then inflamed through next 30cms.


Pharmaceutical: Pentasa 3G/day, hydrocort 1x every 7 days
Probiotics: Acidophilus Pearls, Primadophilus Bifidus
Naturals: Caprylic Acid, Methylated B-12, Vit ACDE, Zinc (w/copper), Selenium, Turmeric, Bromelain, Luteolin
Killer Foods: Soda, Fried Food (especially french fries!), Beer, Red Wine, Pepperoncinis

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 208
   Posted 9/16/2007 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to take VSL #3. However, it is expensive. After reading pb4's posts about Primadophilus Reuteri, I have switched to it and it seems to be working okay.
Ash 39 NH, vegetarian
Diagnosed with UC July 06 (I think 6/6/6) during 10 day hospitalization
Current meds: Asacol 12, Imuran 150mg
Centrum Silver, Primadophilus Reuteri, DHA-Omega 3, L-glutamine

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