Good bacteria useful for ulcerative colitis
Consuming a mixture of good bacteria reduces symptoms in patients with ulcerative colitis that doesn't respond to conventional medications.
Although VSL#3 has been shown to maintain remission of ulcerative colitis, there have been no studies on the mixture's use in the active, symptom-producing phase of the diseaseResearchers from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, enrolled 34 patients with active ulcerative colitis who were treated with VSL#3 twice daily for 6 weeks. A variety of standard treatments had been tried on the patients first, all to no avail. Remission occurred in 53 percent of the patients and an additional 24 percent experienced some degree of improvement in symptoms. A few patients experienced no improvement or worsening of their symptoms. The only apparent side effect of VSL#3 was increased bloating, reported by 10 patients.Testing of sampled tissue provided direct evidence that the probiotic bacteria had, in fact, reached the diseased sites of the colon.
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