Scientifically proven effectiveness
If you’re seeking relief from ulcerative colitis or pouchitis, find out why more and more researchers recommend a probiotic.
Digestive disorders: A heavy burden
If you’re suffering from a digestive disorder, you know the impact it can have on your life.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): IBD can cost time away from work and important activities, and affect personal relationships.

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Many people with IBS report frustration, social isolation, and feeling misunderstood.

Today, many Canadians are seeking non-traditional treatments for help.
In studies, probiotics offered by Ferring Natural Health have helped a majority of patients
The probiotics in VSL#3, TuZen and BioGaia (for infants and children) have undergone the highest standards of scrutiny available for natural health products, including clinical trials. They have been highly effective at helping to relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and infant colic, and have been studied in patients with pouchitis and ulcerative colitis. Not sure which disorder is the problem? Your healthcare professional can help you find out.
VSL#3 (a high-potency combination of
8 probiotic strains) and symptom relief
  • VSL#3 has been studied in people with pouchitis
    and ulcerative colitis
  • VSL#3 may be effective because of the specific strains of bacteria it contains
What people are saying about VSL#3
“After being hospitalized for severe dehydration and infection, treated with antibiotics and saline for ten days . . . [I had] continuous diarrhea for the whole time. A surgeon recommended your product . . . I have used it for 2 months now and am very happy and able to go about my life again . . . ”
Submitted by: G.A.
“I was diagnosed in June 2003 with severe ulcerative colitis. I tried all the treatments available and imaginable . . .
I have been taking VSL#3 for the past 3 months . . . During the day I have a lot less abdominal pain and less urgency to go to the bathroom . . .
I cannot promise that VSL#3 will work for everyone the way I did for me, but VSL#3 is a godsend.”
Submitted by: M.P.
“I have suffered with Ulcerative Colitis for 17 years. I have been taking VLS#3 & this is the first time in 16 months I have stayed in remission” . . .
Submitted by: R.D., Toronto
“I am an ileal pouch patient for over 20 years due to complications from ulcerative colitis.
. . . In Jan 2008 I started taking VSL3. I am no longer toxic in the morning, the bloating is significantly less and I go to the bathroom as little as twice a day . . .
I would strongly encourage anyone who has intestinal tract problems to try VSL3.”
Submitted by: B. Calgary
TuZen (probiotic Lactobacillus plantarum 299v) and the relief of IBS symptoms
A recent clinical study showed that:

  • 78% of patients on TuZen considered the efficacy of their treatment to be “good” or “excellent”
  • After 4 weeks, patients using TuZen saw a 51.9% reduction in the frequency and a 45% reduction in the severity of abdominal pain
Learn more about IBS from Dr. Bressler, a gastroenterologist in Vancouver
BioGaia (probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri) to soothe crying in infant colic
A medical study showed that BioGaia:

  • Reduced infant crying time after just 1 week
  • Relieved colic in 9 out of 10 of babies (96%) in 2 weeks
A mother – and pharmacist – talks
about BioGaia
Why do probiotics work?
Your digestive system already contains more than 500 kinds of bacteria. This is normal. However, many researchers now believe that digestive disorders can be linked to an imbalance of “good” and “bad” bacteria. Adding good bacteria – a probiotic - may help correct the balance.
What does a probiotic do?
Probiotics act in a number of ways to improve digestive health. Research has shown that probiotics:

  • Regulate your body’s immune response
  • Improve the natural skin barrier in your gut
  • Have antimicrobial effects that fight “bad” bacteria

Probiotics have been shown to help relieve symptoms of IBS and infant colic.
Where to find probiotics offered by
Ferring Natural Health
These products are available through many naturopathic doctors, and in pharmacies and natural health stores across Canada. Just ask at the counter! Or click a photo to order from, an independently operated website.
Try the probiotic that’s best suited to your needs – it may be the natural solution you’re looking for.
TuZen, VSL#3 and BioGaia have undergone the most rigorous level of clinical investigation available for natural health products, including clinical trials. Each bears a Natural Product Number (NPN): TuZen NPN 80019103; VSL#3 NPNs 80037590, 80042116; BioGaia NPNs 80012472, 80012473.
Survey of the month - The impact of digestive disorders
Share your experience with others by completing this survey
  1. Have any of these problems occurred because of your digestive symptoms?
  2. Has a probiotic helped?
The World Health Organization defines a clinical trial as “any research study that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects on health outcomes.”
An NPN indicates a product has been issued a product license by Health Canada, and appears in Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Database.