DUE TO THE OVERWHELMING INTEREST regarding probiotics as a helpful treatment for ulcerative colitis, we have just released the most recent Probiotics Survey Results for everyone to dive into. On behalf of all the current and future readers of the site and the site’s newsletter, I can’t thank the 478 participants enough for taking some time out of your day last week to post your personal thoughts with regards to probiotic use and UC. There are thousands of people who are on the fence with regards to probiotics. Often people just don’t know if they have helped or hurt other UC’ers with their recovery and eventual remission. So most definitely, this information will be invaluable to others.
My personal advice to anybody who has not yet made up your mind with regards to probiotics is very simple:
Read all the survey results and
see how you feel afterwards about probiotics.
Below are the answers from all the participants from the Probiotics and UC Survey. There is also a BIG GREEN button at the bottom of this post which takes you to the individual tips from UC’ers (be sure to read all of those too:)
The survey took place the 2nd week of October, 2014. I’ve included several photos below each of the questions from the 50 of the 478 participants who included photos.(Awesome photos once again UC’ers!!!)
Did you take probiotics before you were diagnosed with UC? (478 Responses)
84% – NO
14% – YES
2% – Not Sure
Did your doctor recommend for you to take probiotics?
59% – No
41% – Yes
Overall, Did/do Probiotics help with treating your UC symptoms?
40% – Yes they helped MORE than I expected
31% – Not Sure if they were positive or negative
20% – Yes they helped a little bit
6% – No they did not help me
3% – No they made me worse
What specific Probiotics(which brands) Did you/ do you use, and in what dose?
(There were over 50 different probiotics mentioned, I’ve included the top 10 probiotics based on the 191 responses from people who answered “Yes they helped more than I expected to Question #3. Also, the iHaveUC affiliate links are provided for the most popular probiotics listed if you want to order yours thru Amazon. When you do so after clicking the links below, the site receives a small portion of your order.)
- VSL #3 (Had the most votes) – to order from Amazon – click here
- Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 Billion- order from Amazon.com
- Align – to order from Amazon – click here
- Garden of Life – to order from Amazon – click here
- Saccharomyces Boulardi – to order from Amazon – click here
- Acidophilus w/Bifidus
- Inner Health Plus
- Primal Defense
How much money did/do you spend per month on probiotics?
40% – $0-$25 per month
37% – $25-$50 per month
13% – $50-$75 per month
6% – $75-$100 per month
4% – More than $100 per month
Do you plan on using probiotics forever?
56% – Yes
30% – Not Sure
14% – No
What advice would you offer to someone with UC who is considering using Probiotics to treat his/her disease?
For a full list of ALL the 371 answers that UC’ers added, read the attached PDF file which includes all the personalized probiotics tips by clicking on the green button below:
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I want to send a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the survey this month. There were 477 participants from 32 different countries including:
United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia who made up over 90% of the total vote. Thanks again and I hope this information treats you all well.
Until next time, may your poops be hard and your toilet paper nice and soft,
I started site shortly after being diagnosed in October of 2008 with severe pancolitis (when my whole colon was inflamed).
For me, it was a very rough start with severe symptoms. Getting bounced from medication to medication was not easy or too helpful. But, I did meet another UC’er, changes several parts of my diet, and of course the rest is history.
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