The probiotic medical food VSL#3 for the dietary management of irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and patients who have an ileal pouch, received a positive recommendation by the Consumer Lab's quality certification program, becoming one of 14 approved products. From the 19 probiotic products analyzed by the independent testing organization, only 14 contained the labeled amount of live microorganisms necessary for patients.
VSL#3, which is produced by Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals, was tested in order to assess the quantity of live microorganisms and its disintegration capacity in the use of tablet form, so that the contents would be released, or if enteric-coated or delayed release, after passing through the stomach, according to need. All VSL#3 formulations are gluten free, Kosher, and Halal certified.
"This independent endorsement supports the s VSL#3 claim that the product contains 112.5 to 900 billion live probiotic bacteria, which is essential in delivering enough microorganisms to beneficially affect the gut flora in patients with IBS or UC," said the Sigma-Tau product director, Mary Ocnean. "The proprietary formulation has also been shown in the dietary management of IBS to reduce abdominal bloating in patients."
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