While different probiotic products contain different quantities of bacteria, they also contain a different number and type of bacterial strains. Some probiotic dietary supplements contain several strains of beneficial bacteria, while many commonly used probiotic foods contain only a single strain. Importantly, irrespective of the strains used, the bacteria must be able to survive the strong acidic conditions of the stomach; they must be able to adhere to the inner gut wall, and they must, at least temporarily, colonise the intestine. The unique VSL#3 formulation contains eight strains of beneficial live lactic acid bacteria,4 including several strains of the all-important lactobacilli and bifidobacteria: Streptococcus thermophilus Bifidobacterium breve Bifidobacterium longum Bifidobacterium infantis Lactobacillus paracasei Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. Bulgaricus Lactobacillus acidophilus Lactobacillus plantarum These bacteria have been purposefully selected, carefully cultivated and mixed proportionately to survive gastric acid, bile and pancreatic secretions, as well as colonise the gut. To help ensure they get to where they need to go, the bacteria are freeze dried so they only ‘wake up’ in the ‘warmth’ of your gut.
STORAGE & DELIVERY
This product should be stored in a fridge. We recommend you select a CHILLED delivery option during checkout in warmer months. The product will not loose its potency if outside a fridge for up to one week as long as the temperature does not exceed 25 degrees Celsius.
VSL#3 is a specially selected blend of good bacteria. VSL#3 helps maintain the balance of your gut flora, which aid in digestion and help protect the gut from toxins, as well as performing other functions
Maltose, bacteria blend*, cornstarch and anti-caking agent (silicon dioxide).
Adults take 1 to 4 sachets daily. Open packet and stir contents into cold water or any non-carbonated drink and consume. VSL#3® is a food supplement. Adjustment of the intestinal flora can take a few days or weeks; it may take up to one month for the colonization of the gut to become stable. Pregnant or lactating women should consult with a physician or health care professional before using this or any medical food product.
Adverse events are rarely reported and generally consist of bloating. This is usually a temporary effect and occurs due to the change in the balance of gut bacteria. If you experience bloating, you may need to reduce your daily intake to allow this adjustment. Probiotics are not recommended in immunocompromised people. If you are undergoing chemotherapy or taking medication that suppresses your immune system, consult your doctor before taking VSL#3.