One of the most talked about probiotics on iHaveUC.com is Renew Life’s Ultimate Flora Critical Care Probiotic. Many people have used this probiotic, and it is time there was an easy place for people to share their experience/review with everyone else.
For those who have never tried using a probiotic or are currently deciding which probiotic to use, it is not an easy task because there are literally hundreds of different ones on the market.
If you have used Renew Life’s Ultimate Flora Probiotic to treat your ulcerative colitis symptoms, please click the button below to fill out a user review of this product.
Ultimate Flora Critical Care Probiotic Reviews:
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It's been 10+ years since I was diagnosed with UC. For the first few years I tried many of the products listed, some with minimal success, most with virtually no success. Since I'm allergic to sulfa, a component of many of these products, I was therefore unable to tolerate them.
What saved me was the probiotic VSL#3. Technically it's not a "Drug"; rather it's classified as a "medical food". However, over the past 6+ years it's kept me in totall remission. Early on I needed the DS (double strength) version to get me into remission. But since the early few months, I take only 1 capsule /day. There are no side effects that I know of.
My success has made a believer of my gastro MD . . . not an easy thing to do! Early on I had to have my pharmacist order the product for me, but more recently I've found that usage has grown to the extent that many pharmacies now stock the product.
I have been taking are Renew Life Colon Care 80 Billion every day on an empty stomach for the past couple of years. When I travel I take the 50 billion as it doesn’t need to be in a fridge.
I think it works well as a maintenance therapy but has not been able to keep my flare ups at bay. Overall it does make a difference with my digestion as a whole and I do notice a change if I don’t take it. It’s become a part of my regular routine.
I have tried a few different Probiotics and am currently taking Ultimate Flora 50 billion. This one doesn't give me as good results as HMF Forte. So things may be a little better with the Ultimate Flora, but not a whole heck of a lot. Still taking Salofalk (5-ASA) pills and enema, fish oil with Vit D, curcumin and C0Q10.
I just started the 80billion today for colon health. I was wondering if anyone who had arthritis along with their UC had relief from it too? I'm excited to see results
I have been using the 50 billion count product for 3 months now. It started helping me within the first week. I chose this probiotic on my own thanks to this site. I hope it continues to help me over the months. I take other supplements daily such as curamed, fish oil, and vitamin D3, but I started the probiotic first and I know it's helping. I currently take Lialda to try to avoid flares, but I don't believe it's really doing anything and I'd like to wean off at some point with my GI doctor's support (she's open to it, just doesn't love the idea for sure). Thank you to this site for everything, including this probiotic - I have friends and my dad now taking it too!
After having success with the 7 day powder, I switched to the 50 Billion capsules and the result was not as good. I upped to 80 billion and had some improvement. Added L-glutemine, Omega 3-6-9, Boswela I am off Uceris,still on Rowasa enemas and Balsalizide.
Most days - remission...maybe 3 flares since Jan. 15. BTW, my GI thinks I'm doing great, no talk of Remicade. In fact, he gave me some VSL3 samples.
I just finished the 7 day powder phase. Diarrhea has subsided. Had a sigmoid yesterday, my GI doc remarked "looks better but let's still talk about Remicade." What? Not going to happen.
I was diagnosed with UC May 2, 2014 and was given Uceris. It caused me so much discomfort and pain I stopped using it after two days. Doctor refused to talk about any other meds told me if I didn't take Uceris he would end up taking my colon. I began using probiotic VSL#3, amino acid L. Glutemine, Licorice Root to balance my immune system (Doctor wanted to suppress it; is he crazy?) and Serrapeptase a natural anti-inflammatory. Here it is 7/31/2014 and I am in remission. Doctor can take his $1600.00 a month Uceris and jump in the lake. Not going back, I will take care of myself. Since VSL#3 is expensive I am glad to heard that Renew Life's Ultimate Flora Critical Care is a good alternative. I will give it a try.
The probiotic are the best for me.I'm off med and in remission. I started with Vsl3(so expensive) that's why I tried Ultimate Flora 50 Billions, but I found 100 .
I'm taking them every morning, sometimes 2 x day.
Whey Proteine, fish oil, curcumin and Sleepey Elm are mh medicine . So far so happy :)
Gi never mentioned them..or said it does not work..
Green juices so important as well.
I love this stuff. I can only find it at a local health food store and its not cheap! But that wth Glutemine, Boswelia, , Bromelian, and Omgea 369 has been a life saver for me!
I've been using Renew Life 30 Billion once a day on an empty stomach, just water with it for 4 months. The difference in my ulcerative colitis symptoms - which at the time had me barely getting through work, and coming home laying in bed all the rest of the afternoon and evening in pain - was immediate. Within 3 days the symptoms became minimal, now I am basically without symptoms of ulcerative colitis and functioning again. This has been a great product for me.
I have been taking Ultimate Flora Critical Care for 22 days now in the morning on an empty stomach and not eating for at least 1/2 hour as Bev has suggested. I noticed improvement within a few days. My stools were very watery but since then I have had slightly better consistency. I have also take L-Glutamide and finally the bleeding has almost stopped completely. I felt as though I was going into a flare before I started taking it and now feel much better and have seen healing. I go a lot less too. I would definitely recommend this product but make sure you get it from a reputable source and keep refrigerated. If the bacteria die from incorrect handling you may not notice any help from it at all.
I am older than most posters here. I was diagnosed with UC a few months after retirement at age 62. After 2 years of taking medicines like Asacol, Prednisone, Lialda, Canasa and etc, with almost zero results, I decided to try something else. I had tried other probiotics with little help. I tried the Ultimate Flora and noticed a difference after a week or so. I decided to combine it with other products I read about here. I now take Ultimate Flora, L-Glutamine powder, Aloe Vera and Omega 3 fish oil. I also take zero medicines now. What a difference. I now have most of my life back. No more 2-3 hour toilet trips. No more stuck at home for hours at a time. I can actually play golf again. I also watch what I eat and exercise. Feels great after a couple years of total frustration with doctors and prescriptions that did not work.
I was in a bad flare. I was using the toilet about 50 times per day. I lost seven pounds fairly quickly. I could sleep all day and pretty much did and then I decided to finally purchase this probiotic along with L-Glutamine. I started taking them both three days ago. Yesterday I re-carpeted my stairs (13 steps plus a landing area) and didn't use the toilet for 9 1/2 hours straight). I ate at lunch and had snacks and the first day I ate I had to use the toilet all night and evening, but the second day I ate lunch I could almost handle the food. I don't eat breakfast or dinner yet. Just one small meal. Tomorrow I will be able to eat more I am sure. I can do things and get out of bed. This is after three days. I think it is because of this probiotic and L-glutamine that I am avoiding a doctor visit. I would know more in a couple of more days, but I am so excited it has worked so well in the three days I just want to write this review now.
I have been using it for four months now, and credit it for helping get me into remission. I feel it is a crucial part of keeping the colon lining healthy, thus eliminating UC symptoms.
I use it with L Glutamine, EVOO, flax seed oil and a multivitamin. This combo brought me out of an 8 month flare where meds failed.
I am taking just as Bev takes early in morning on empty stomach and am waiting for the fermented lglutamine to arrive. The probiotic is really helping, I was taking the VSL3, since I replaced with the Ultimate flora I am feeling way better. A friend from CCFA said the VSL3 has some strains that can aggravate the UC. So thanks to Bev for the recommendation!!
i started using it a few years ago in 2011 when i was first diagnosed. i tried it again during a few bad flares but i never saw a difference. the quality is good, but it just didn't do what it was supposed to do. i've found that yogurt is way more potent and cost effective than probiotic capsules.
Guess who?? I should be working for this company...or at least getting royalties!!
This is the probiotic that SAVED me from UC!! I will take this probiotic for ever and ever. For me, it worked almost instantly...within a few days, my cramping, urgency, looseness, etc literally disappeared!! ***I did need to also add L-glutamine after about a month, because I still had some residual bleeding.***
This probiotic repopulated my good gut bacteria, and the fermented L-glutamine powder healed the mucosa of my colon!! What could be better than that?! Hurrah!
Remember, for BEST results, take on an empty stomach, with water, and then try not to eat for a half to a whole hour.