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Posted by: Amore | 2007/05/25

Ulcerative colitis

Will taking probiotics help my condition? I'm eating allot (at least 2 tubs a day) of those new "well-b" yogurts. And I am taking a homeopathic pill called "AB-lactics" wich is apparantly probiotics. But it is almost finished and I'm wondering what else there is to try. Wich yogurt is best for probiotics.
Thank you!

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Hi Amore
You are doing the right thing. Well-B yogurts are as good. Woolworths, Howaru are also an option, just check that you east them by the “use by” date, which is very short (often only 2 days)
With regard to probiotic supplements, these are a safer bet than yoghurt in that:
1. Scientifically studied and validated probiotic strains in supplements are often a lot more robust than those generally found as so-called “starter cultures” in yoghurts.
2. Strains added (i.e to yoghurts after pasturization) are difficult to stabilize, hence the very short shelf-life
3. Proven supplements offer quantifiable doses, you can be sure of what you are getting.
You can stay on AB-lactis, I am not very familiar with this product.
I generally recommend Reuteri (1 chew tablet daily) as it has been extensively studied clinically and proven to be safe. Refer to www.biogaia.com. There are studies published in rat models showing a protective effect of Reuteri (active ingredient is a probiotic bacteria called Lactobacillus reuteri) when colitis was induced.
Reuteri will also help to boost the growth of other so-called “good bacteria” which form a part of your normal flora and thus protect you from recurrent Ulcerative colitis.
I would be interested in your feedback after a few weeks.

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Posted by: Roxy | 2007/06/05

Hi Amore
I have seen them at our chemist.

Regards
Roxy

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Posted by: Amore | 2007/05/28

Thank you for the advise! But where will I get hold of this Reuteri?

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