What's in VSL#3?
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.
VSL#3 stands out from other probiotic products in terms of the number of bacteria it contains and the number and types of bacterial strains. VSL#3 has the highest available concentration of beneficial bacteria with 450 billion per sachet. VSL#3 has eight specially selected strains of bacteria, including both lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, chosen for their ability to colonise the gut.4
Remember, not all probiotics are the same. Commonly used probiotic supplements contain fewer bacterial strains and a considerably lower bacterial count than VSL#3.