Survey Reports Probiotics Underuse and Confusion by Patients with Gastrointestinal Conditions

Survey Reports Probiotics Underuse and Confusion by Patients with Gastrointestinal Conditions
The Harris Poll recently conducted an online survey on probiotics revealing that although these products have grown in popularity, a large proportion of adult patients still report confusion regarding which probiotic products to use and the differences between them. The survey was conducted on behalf of VSL#3, a probiotic medicine containing 8 strains of lactic acid bacteria for dietary

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2 comments

  1. Bart says:

    I wasn’t polled but would have also responded with confusion over the use of probiotics. For one thing, the literature is conflicted as to whether the contents of these pills survive stomach acid. One example is a book I am now reading, “The Good Gut” by the Sonnenburgs. They spend a fair amount of time on probiotics without a firm recommendation, and do not mention the stomach acid issue. They are more favorable toward prebiotics.

    I have taken probiotics off and often on for at least five years, and have seen no tangible results for my UC. Three years ago I read an article about an IBD researcher at UNC, Professor Sartor. I wrote to him and he suggested VSL#3. I tried it for several months without any apparent results, even getting a prescription for the highest potency version which I took for about a year.

    A lot of money is spent on these products and it would be nice to know whether they do repopulate unhealthy gut flora.

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