Dr. Myhill’s site gives description for growing Mutaflor, which I quote below. There is a very nice monogram on the history of Mutaflor available A second set of similar instructions are here. Experience with Mutaflor (with special emphasis on it’s impact on methylation therapy) is here.
Mutaflor is a preparation containing Escherichia coli (E. coli) strain Nissle 1917 and is manufactured in Germany by a company called Ardeypharm. It is available as a suspension and the best-value source of it on the Internet appears to be Linda VersandApotheke. The website is in German, so I have prepared Instructions for buying Mutaflor at Berlinda VA. If you still have problems with placing your order, you are welcome to e-mail the office asking to be put in touch with me (i.e. the author of this page). I will be happy to talk you through the ordering process.
The bacteria can be cultured at home just like normal yoghurt. I have not yet experimented with different substrates, sugars, times or temperatures, so do not know what is likely to give the best results, but here is a method I have found to work.
Ingredients/equipment and notes
- ½ litre unsweetened soya milk – If using sweetened soya milk, reduce the sugar accordingly – aim to make the milk taste slightly sweet but not sickly.
- 2 dessertspoons sugar – Some sugars may work better than others; I had success with 1 dessert spoon each of unrefined cane sugar and Sweet Freedom syrup (a honey-like substance made from concentrated fruits). Probably best to avoid real honey as it has antibacterial properties.
- 5 ml Mutaflor suspension – After the first culture use some of the previous batch as a starter for the next.
- Large jar, flask or plastic container and somewhere warm for the culture to grow (around 37-40°C) – I strongly recommend using a yoghurt maker. Yoghurt can be cultured in a thermos flask, airing cupboard or oven, but it is very hard to maintain the right temperature. Too cold and the bacteria won’t ferment; too hot and they will be killed.
- Heat the soya milk in a pan until nearly boiling to kill any existing bacteria.
- Allow the milk to cool to about 38°C – use a thermometer or wait until it is just slightly warm to a (clean!) dipped finger.
- Top tip: If using a new carton of long-life milk you can skip step 1, and save on washing up by simply leaving the carton to warm up in the airing cupboard or oven before opening.
- Dissolve the sugar in the milk and pour into the container.
- Stir in the Mutaflor suspension or yoghurt from previous batch.
- Place container in the yoghurt maker, airing cupboard or other warm place and leave it to do its thing. It should take about 6 – 10 hours, depending on the conditions, and will appear thickened, with a mildly acid taste.
- Once the required consistency is achieved, scoop out a couple of tablespoons worth to keep in a sealed jar for use as the starter in the next batch.
- Allow to cool then keep the yoghurt in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Some variations to the above instructions to try
We have been crossing the border into Canada to buy our Mutaflor, but are planning to start making out own soon. I will update with the results
- Using cow or goat milk instead, we happen to have access to non-pasturized whole milk at our local co-op
- The above uses Mutaflor suspension which is not available to me, so openning one capsule should suffice
We have been using this yogurt maker, Yogourmet-Multi-Electric-Yogurt-Starter – $60 which is from Canada, for other yogurts we have made and it has produced consistantly good results. We are considering adding one like this (6+ separate containers)
[UK Moulinex Yogurt Maker £24 ] when we start producing Mutaflor — mainly because it allows us to experiment quickly with different composition of the base ingrediants.
Concerning Mutaflor, a reader wrote:
Here are two places to get Mutaflor in the US:
Uriel Pharmacy in Wisconsin, if ordering as a prescription item. 100 mg. tablets are $2.95 ea. and 20 mg. tablets are $2.15 each (at March 2014). The 100 mg. tablets can be cut if one wants to start at a smaller dose. The pharmacy number is 866 642 2858.
Feel Good Natural Health Store in Canada
You MUST pay for the Express shipping if you live outside Canada, which is about $23. Even though the sales page says “Canada Only”, when you get to the shopping cart, you can select any state in the U.S. I ordered from here and received my order in a couple of days.