Frequently asked questions about VSL#3
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.
VSL#3 contains 450 billion bacteria per sachet. It is important that a large enough quantity of bacteria is given to ensure that your gut is properly colonised.
Evidence supports that a combination of bacteria (combination poly-biotics) can improve symptoms such as bloating and pain significantly more than single probiotics.
The bacteria in VSL#3 have been specifically selected because they are able to make it through the hostile environment of your stomach and colonise your gut.
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To preserve VSL#3 keep it in the fridge. The bacteria have been freeze-dried and are live; it is best that they are kept refrigerated for any length of time.
Yes, for up to one week without affecting the quality of the product. However, VSL#3 must remain at a temperature below 25°C during that time.
No it doesn’t, VSL#3 can be kept out of the fridge for up to 7 days. However, you must remember to put your VSL#3 in the fridge as soon as you get it.
1 to 2 sachets per day are recommended.
VSL#3 needs time to rebalance your gut flora, so we recommend taking it for at least one month to see the benefit.
You can take VSL#3 when you like but it is best to fit it into your daily routine.
VSL#3 is easy to take, try mixing it into your morning yoghurt or adding it to a cold drink such as fruit juice.
Side effects are rarely reported and generally consist of bloating but this is understood to be a temporary effect as your gut adapts itself to the new bacteria.
VSL#3 does not contain: gluten, crustacean shellfish, molluscs, eggs, fish, peanuts, tree nuts, soybeans, milk and lactose, celery, mustard, sesame, lupin and sulphur dioxide at levels above 10mg/kg, or 10mg/litre, expressed as SO2.
Consult your physician when taking this or any other food supplement during pregnancy.
The Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances has given approval for VSL#3 for use under the supervision of a healthcare professional for the maintenance of remission of ileo-anal pouchitis only in adults as induced by antibiotics. For all other conditions please discuss with your healthcare professional.