VSL#3 is a medical food used for the dietary management of some digestive diseases such as Ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and Ileal pouch. The VSL#3 caps contains certain amount of lactic acid bacteria that are a colony of good and beneficial bacteria. It can reduce the symptoms, enhance the health of the digestive tract, and strengthen the immune system.
The VSL#3 and VSL3 capsules is probiotic bank for the digestive health. VSL#3 is a medical food used for the dietary management of some digestive diseases such as Ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and Ileal pouch. VSL-3 caps are used for the same purpose but come in capsule form. Both the VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps contain millions of probiotic bacteria in different concentration. The VSL#3 medical food has more probiotics than the VSL-3 caps. In both the cases, the uses and benefits are the same. But they are used for the same conditions of different levels of the condition.
About VSL#3 medical food and VSL3 capsules
The VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps contains certain amount of lactic acid bacteria that are a colony of good and beneficial bacteria. The strains added in the formulation are selected carefully to improve the digestion. These lactic acid bacteria from the VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps will adhere to the gastro intestinal tract and work on to kill the bad bacteria. Eliminating these bad bacteria will reduce the digestive disorders like diarrhea and improve the digestion of many stubborn molecules as well.
The VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps will also destroy many toxic substances that can disturb the digestion. This will reduce the inflammation and the consequences. It will also allow strengthening the immune system by fighting any further infections. These actions will help counter the inflammatory diseases of the intestines and many other digestive disorders like the common IBS. The carefully formulated VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps will give an optimal good bacteria population that can reduce the symptoms, enhance the health of the digestive tract, and strengthen the immune system.
Ingredients and Dosage of VSL#3 and VSL3 capsules
The ingredients of VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps are lactic acid bacteria only. The VSL#3 medical food contains 450 million live probiotic bacteria, whereas the VSL3 capsules contain 225 million live probiotic lactic acid bacteria. The inactive ingredients are corn starch in the VSL#3 powder and microcrystalline cellulose, stearic acid and silicon dioxide in the VSL3 capsules.
The VSL#3 medical food comes in individual packets of 30 numbers in a box. Each packet is for daily dose. Mix the contents of one packet in a cold and non carbonated food or beverage, like cold yogurt, applesauce, or ice creams.
2 capsules of the VSL3 capsules are to be taken per day. One can take the two capsules together or take one in the morning and the other with the afternoon or evening meals.
The dosage may vary according to the health condition. IBS will require the least recommended dosage while the ulcerative colitis will need 1-2 packets or 4-8 capsules per day to combat the inflammation. In the case of ileal pouch the dosage will increase further. It would be better to consult your doctor to know the exact dosage for each medical condition.
The only point to note while taking the VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps is that they must be taken with cold food or drinks and never with a hot medium. The heat can kill the probiotic bacteria and make the products ineffective.
Individuals who have weak immunity should not take VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps. Pregnant and nursing women should consult their doctor before taking the VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps. People who have lactose intolerance also must have their doctor’s consent before starting with either VSL#3 or VSL3 capsules.
Health benefits of using VSL#3 and VSL3 capsules
The lactic acid bacteria have lots of health benefits. They are mostly associated with the fermentation process and produces lactic acid which mostly helps with the digestion of lactose sugar in the dairy products.
- Break down certain foods, and improves digestibility. The lactose sugar which is late to be digested may cause gas and bowel disorders in many, the lactic acid bacteria can digest the lactose and prevent many of these discomforts.
- Lactic acid bacteria can normalize the acidity of gastric juices. They help to maintain the acid-alkaline balance inside the body.
- Lactic acid bacteria act as disinfectants and eliminate the bad and inflammation causing bacteria and other microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract.
- It will also restore the normal population of the good bacteria in the gut and oral cavity.
- The anti-inflammatory activity will prevent further inflammation and infections. It can also prevent certain cancer in the GI tract.
- Lactic acid bacteria in the VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps can produce vitamin B12 which is essential for the synthesis of blood-cells and that of DNA.
- VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps promote better digestion and thereby the nutrient absorption.
- By reducing the inflammation and preventing many infectious micro organisms, the VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps will help strengthen the immune system.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps work in improving the digestive health?
The lactic acid bacteria in the VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps will attach themselves to the gastro intestinal tract lining and forms a live barrier against the potent infectious micro-organisms inside the digestive tract. They will kill the existing bad bacteria and other microbes in the GI tract by enzymatic activity and reduce the infection and inflammation. They will also tighten the cell junctions to make it less permeable and difficult to break through for the infectious bacteria.
The probiotics in the VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps will also increase the mucus production to line the GI tract and strengthen the immune system with less infections and inflammations.
Are there any side effects in using VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps?
In the initial days of VSL#3 and VSL3 capsules, people may experience bloating and gas. There might also be some abdominal discomforts. All these are temporary and will disappear after a few days of use. Some people will also experience diarrhea in the initial days.
If these symptoms persist even after a week, try reducing the dose and increase it gradually, giving time to the body to get adjusted. Because of the high potency, some people will not be able to tolerate the VSL#3 and VSL3 capsules. They will have to either try to reduce the dose and stop using it entirely and find some less potent probiotic formula.
What are the strains of bacteria included in VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps?
There are three strains of Bifidobacterium, B. breve, B. longum, and B.infantis. There are 4 strains of Lactobacillus bacteria, L. acidophilus, L.plantarum, L.paracasei, and L.bulgaricus. There is also the Streptococcus thermophilus. Each of these bacteria is useful in its own way.
What are lactic acid bacteria?
Lactic acid bacteria are the bacteria that can produce the lactic acid. The lactic acid bacteria can digest and ferment the carbohydrates such as sucrose, lactose, glucose etc. The lactic acid bacteria can manage the lactose intolerance and helps the digestion of lactose. It is effective in fighting colon cancer, by attaching to the carcinogens. They can also help in the break down of bile and regulate the cholesterol levels. They can also relieve the after effects of continued use of antibiotics. Their health benefits are due to their survival in the low pH stomach acid.
What is a medical food?
A medical food is the formulation of certain nutritive value that can be used when the diet alone cannot do the revival process. The medical food must be taken only with the advice of the doctor and must be used as a dietary supplement only. It cannot be used as a meal replacement. Each formulation is made for a specific condition and will not be useful for other health conditions or diseases. Here the VSL#3 is a medical food that is formulated to improve the digestive health. It can deal with only the diseases and discomforts that are associated with the digestive system.
Can VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps fight the Candida?
Yes, they can. The lactic acid bacteria in the VSL#3 and VSL3 capsules can arrest the growth of Candida yeast and prevent its spreading. The lactic acid bacteria will keep a check on this yeast that might have increased as a result of antibiotics use and other reasons. The VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps will effectively kill these yeast and improve the GI tract health and also prevent UT infections.
How do VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps help in heart health improvement?
The lactic acid bacteria can reduce the bad cholesterol level and control the blood pressure. By preventing the cholesterol accumulation and controlling the blood pressure, VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps will make a favorable environment for the smooth functioning of the heart. The lactic acid bacteria can produce some peptides that can act as blood pressure controlling drugs.
How do VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps prevent the infections?
The lactic acid bacteria in the VSL#3 and VSL3 capsules can compete with the bad bacteria for the growth and come out victorious. When the bad bacteria fail to survive they are also destroyed by the lactic acid bacteria. This will also prevent further infections as the probiotics form a barrier against the infectious bacteria.
Do I need a doctor’s prescription to by the VSL#3 medical food?
No, you do not require a doctor’s prescription to buy the VSL#3. It just needs a doctor’s advice on the dosage according to the health condition.
What is the storage method for VSL#3 and VSL3 capsules?
Both the VSL#3 and the VSL3 capsules are better refrigerated to keep its potency. The ideal temperature is 39-46°F, or 4-8°C. While stored refrigerated, the products can keep its efficacy for as long as the expiry date mentioned on the pack. The VSL#3 and VSL-3 caps may also be kept in room temperature for a week without affecting its potency much, but in that case, the product will have lesser life span than the one refrigerated.