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AZURE WISH
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I know that vsl3 has capsules but i would rather have a powder with my digestive issues, also with the amount I consume daily the capsules would be way more expensive than the expensive packets...

so does anyone know anything as the same quality as vsl3 packets?

my bad reaction to the sulfur homeopathic made me more reactive . not only is my mcs worse but i have become intolerant and react to more foods including corn which was safe before the sulfur,,

vsl3 has corn starch so i have to find a replacement.

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Do you have insurance?

You might be able to have your doc write you a Rx for "double strength VSL" - which is the only way to get it in Rx form. It is cheaper in the long run because you are only taking half a packet.

If you have insurance, you would only be responsible for the copay.

You could also ask your doc to write the Rx for twice as much as you need. The copay is the same, no matter the quantity.

Good luck to you1

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joje ..She can't take the VSL.

I don't know of any others that are in powder form. I'll try to search for you on that.

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Metagenics carries some good probiotics in powder form. (Scroll down the page to check out all their products, they have at least 4 different powder probiotics)

http://www.metagenics.com/products/product-categories/gastrointestinal-health

Natren also has some probiotics in powder form. They are expensive but very high quality.

http://store.natren.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=N&Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=all_products

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"Renew Life" has an 200B urgent care powder

http://www.nutritiongeeks.com/details2.asp?Prod=ultimate-flora-super-critical-7&Prodgp=ultimate-flora&utm_source=froogle&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=84124&gclid=CK2H5_fMmKsCFY8R2godzBg Svw

I use their pills (50 to 80 B depending on the type) and I have multiple issues (gluten, egg, dairy, corn, etc.)

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I've only eyed products from this retailer, but haven't used them.

They have a variety of strains in powder form.

I didn't find anything listed by them related to corn therefore you might need to contact them.

Scroll down for item selection
http://www.customprobiotics.com/index.htm

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I use Custom Probiotics - powder. One tiny scoop has something like 224 billion. Dairy free and corn free.

I know a few others on the boards who use Custom Pro.'s as well. I have dairy and corn allergies and have no issues with this brand.

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i will check them out. thank you for all the suggestions everyone [Smile]

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The VSL double strength has no corn starch listed

only maltose
silicon dioxide

You can call the company.

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What exactly is maltose? Is it a sugar?

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quote:
Originally posted by Lymetoo:
What exactly is maltose? Is it a sugar?

Maltose is a disaccharide formed from two units of glucose joined with an α(1→4)bond. The isomer "isomaltose" has two glucose molecules linked through an α(1→6) bond. Maltose is the second member of an important biochemical series of glucose chains. Maltose is the disaccharide produced when amylase breaks down starch. It is found in germinating seeds such as barley as they break down their starch stores to use for food. It is also produced when glucose is caramelized.

Yep, I'm a genius. [Smile]

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Why would they put that in the product??

I have checked with them and they did say it was gluten free.

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I think a lot of probiotics have some form of sugar in there because it helps the probiotics to live longer (since the probiotics feed on sugar).

That's just a rough theory that I've always held, but it's unproven.

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According to my list of corn allergens that my Allergist gave me Maltose is a derivative of corn.
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