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What Are Probiotics?

In the July/August issue of the Post, Laura Johannes investigates the potential health benefits of probiotics. But what exactly are probiotics? Joan Salge Blake, clinical associate professor at Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, explains.

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  • Wendy Braun

    VSL #3 may be purchased online and at local pharmacies. While a prescription isn’t required, VSL #3 is intended for use under supervision of a medical professional. In general, dietary probiotics supplement (but don’t replace) prescription drug therapy for serious conditions such as ulcerative colitis. Check out http://www.vsl3.com for more information.

  • Where can I purchase VSL#3 ? I have had ulcerative colitis several times and it cleared up in about 3 months using ENTOCORT, but if the VSL #3 capsules help, that sounds better. A Health Food store perhaps?

  • Jesika St Clair

    To be allowed to ferment, vegetables must be completely submerged in liquid. As for the amount of salt, it is a matter of personal taste. Hint: The more salt added, the crispier the vegetable will become, but it will also increase the fermenting period. For more information on fermentation click here.

  • ollie ohare

    I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT PROBIOTICS AND YOUR ARTICLE IN THEJULY/AUG 2012 ISSUE AND WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE MIXTURE DESCRIBED FOR MAKING PROBIOTIC RECIPE BY FALLON MORELL, HOW MUCH OF EACH ITEM IN THE RECIPE IS RECOMMENDED?????????