First of all, Google is your friend. Amazing what you can find out with a fast search. I ran a search on "probiotics crohn's disease" and found plenty, but interestingly most of the articles didn't have much positive news to report. Overall, the studies haven't shown a great deal of improvement (or any improvement at all) by patients taking probiotics. Some will dispute that, of course, but I'm not going to take sides.
What I can do is tell you what I use. I take a number of supplements, probiotics included. I'm not sure which ones are the most effective, but the combination has certainly improved my condition. Currently I'm taking:
1) vitamin A (fish oil type, not beta-carotene), 1 capsule per day
2) probiotics, 1 capsule per day
3) MSM, 1 to 3 times daily
4) selenium, 1 daily
5) multivitamin, 1 daily
6) fish oil or flaxseed oil, 1 to 3 times daily
7) lutein, 20 mg, 1 daily (this is for my eyes)
8) calcium, 1 daily
9) Digestive Advantage, 1 daily (for lactose intolerance)
10) vitamin C, 500 mg, 1 daily
1) No caffeine (OK, I sometimes cheat)
2) I avoid sugar. For sweetness, I use stevia.
3) Hot spices are strictly forbidden.
At present, only sulfasalazine, 4x daily. Mesalamine would be better, but it's a lot more expensive. I take brand-name Azulfidine (generic sulfasalazine was upsetting my stomach) which I buy in Mexico because it's a LOT cheaper down there.
Be wary of overdosing on supplements. On the above list, vitamin A and selenium should not be taken more than once daily as they can build up to toxic levels.
Hope the above helps.
Crohn's since 1988
Post Edited (ozonehole) : 12/7/2007 9:00:44 AM (GMT-7)