Inflammatory Bowel Disease

This chronic condition, which actually encompasses several related disorders, is marked by an often painful inflammation of the intestines. Symptoms may be eased with dietary changes, vitamin supplements, and soothing herbs….CLICK & SEE


Early symptoms may include constipation and the frequent urge to defecate, with passage of only small amounts of blood or mucus.
Later symptoms include chronic diarrhea with rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, low-grade fever, general malaise, arthritis, mouth sores, blurred vision, painful joints, poor appetite, low energy, and weight loss. After a decade, there’s increased risk for colorectal cancer.
Symptoms may come and go. A severe attack can cause nausea, vomiting, dehydration, heavy sweating, loss of appetite, high fever, and heart palpitations.

When to Call Your Doctor
If you have black or bloody stools, or painful, mucus-filled diarrhea.
If symptoms suddenly worsen.
If you have a swollen abdomen or severe pain (especially on the lower-right side) — it may be a sign of appendicitis.
If severe abdominal pain accompanies fever over 101 F.
Reminder: If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor before taking supplements.

What It Is
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a general term for several related disorders (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) that often first strike people in their 20s or 30s. Typically, all or part of the digestive tract becomes chronically inflamed and develops small erosions, or ulcers. Bouts of inflammation are followed by periods of remission lasting weeks or years.

What Causes It
Experts are not entirely sure why people develop IBD, although heredity plays a part. More than a third of IBD sufferers know of a family member afflicted with the disease, and it’s four times more common in Caucasian and Jewish families. The disease may be triggered by a bacterium or a virus, or by a malfunctioning immune system. Factors such as stress and anxiety, or sensitivity to certain foods, can all contribute to flare-ups.

How Supplements Can Help
IBD usually causes a decreased ability to absorb nutrients from food, so a daily high-potency multivitamin is essential. Additional supplements, taken together, may also be beneficial, especially during flare-ups.

What Else You Can Do
Determine if certain foods trigger flare-ups and then eliminate them.
Apply a hot pack or hot water bottle to the abdomen to prevent cramps.
Minimize stress with yoga, meditation, and regular exercise.
In addition to chamomile, herbal teas made from flaxseed, slippery elm, or marshmallow aid digestion and soothe the intestines. To make the tea, use 1 or 2 teaspoons of herb per cup of hot water; steep for 10 to 15 minutes, then strain.
Ask your doctor about nicotine patches, which may help put active cases of ulcerative colitis into remission, according to a small Mayo Clinic study. Of 31 patients who used high-dose nicotine skin patches for four weeks, 12 were significantly better; only 3 of 33 who wore placebo patches showed some improvement. But side effects were common, including dizziness, nausea, and skin rashes. Additional research is needed.

Supplement Recommendations

Vitamin B Complex
Licorice (DGL)
Vitamin E
Vitamin A
Essential Fatty Acids

Vitamin B Complex
Dosage: 1 pill twice a day for flare-ups; then reduce to 1 pill each morning for maintenance; take with food.
Comments: Look for a B-100 complex with 100 mcg vitamin B12 and biotin; 400 mcg folic acid; and 100 mg all other B vitamins.

Dosage: 1,000 mg 3 times a day for flare-ups.
Comments: Take 1,000 mg twice a day for maintenance.

Licorice (DGL)
Dosage: Chew 2 wafers (380 mg) 3 times a day, between meals.
Comments: For flare-ups; use deglycyrrhizinated (DGL) form only.

Vitamin E
Dosage: 400 IU twice a day for flare-ups or maintenance.
Comments: Check with your doctor if taking anticoagulant drugs.

Vitamin A
Dosage: 50,000 IU a day for flare-ups; reduce to 10,000 IU a day for maintenance.
Comments: Take only 5,000 IU a day if you may become pregnant.

Essential Fatty Acids
Dosage: 1 tbsp. (14 grams) flaxseed oil or 5,000 mg fish oils a day.
Comments: Use enteric-coated form of fish oils as maintenance.

Dosage: Take 1 pill twice a day between meals.
Comments: Get 1-2 billion live (viable) organisms per pill.

Dosage: 30 mg zinc and 2 mg copper a day.
Comments: Add copper only when using zinc longer than 1 month.

Dosage: 1 cup of tea up to 3 times a day.
Comments: Use 2 tsp. dried herb per cup of hot water.

Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advise or help. It is always best to consult with a Physician about serious health concerns. This information is in no way intended to diagnose or prescribe remedies.This is purely for educational purpose.

Source:Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs(Reader’s Digest)

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