VSL3 – Sample

What is VSL3?
VSL3 is a probiotic (healthy bacteria for your gut) that has shown some clinical benefit for people with IBS or UC. Probiotics can help reinoculate the gut with a healthy balance of good bacteria to improve digestion & colon health.
It is not a prescription, so dietitians or patients can order it or purchase over the counter from select pharmacies.

How should it be taken?
I recommend starting with a small portion of a capsule to start, slowly increasing to the full dose of 2 capsules per day.
Here’s a regimen to increase doses gradually up to 2 capsules per day:
  • 1/8th capsule for 4 days
  • 1/4th capsule for 4 days
  • 1/2 capsule for the next 4 days
  • 1 capsule for the next 7 days
  • 2 capsules per day from then on

If you don’t notice any adverse reactions like gas or bloating, that means it’s safe to increase the dose to the next level. If you reach a dosage where you are having a bad reaction, decrease back down to the previous dosage and try the larger dose again in a week.

More instructions:
  • Simply break open the capsule & pour the correct amount into cold water or juice & drink it. Don’t mix it with hot liquid because that will kill the bacteria.
  • Once you are taking 1 whole capsule, you can just swallow the capsule whole & not worry about breaking it open into liquid.
  • It doesn’t matter what time of day you take it or if it’s with food or not.
  • The capsules contain a HUGE number of bacteria, so it is best to start slow & work up to the full dosage to avoid overwhelming your system.
  • As always, watch for reactions. It is possible to react poorly to almost anything, so just be vigilant.

What are the recommended doses?
VSL3 recommends the following doses for different conditions:
  • IBS: 2-4 capsules per day (225 to 450 billion CFUs)
  • UC: 4-8 capsules per day (450 to 900 billion CFUs)
It can take weeks or months to see improvement in stool consistency/frequency, so it is important to give it some time to work.