VSL#3 is a high potency probiotic medical food designated for the dietary management of ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and an ileal pouch. It is a medical food and must not be confused with an over-the-counter dietary supplement. You need to be under medical supervision. VSL#3 is dispensed by a pharmacist.
Unlike other probiotics, VSL#3 is a superior high potency probiotic medical food. The number of bacteria is important.
Refrigeration preserves the live bacteria and helps maintain high potency.
One of the effects of probiotics is that they are highly strain-specific. Simultaneous administration of multiple bacterial strains in specified ratios may provide a range of benefits that cannot be achieved with single-strain probiotics.
|Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus †|
* Reclassiﬁed as B. lactis
† Recently reclassiﬁed as L. helveticus