Papaya enzymes?

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   Posted 4/23/2009 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hay anyone ever used papaya enzymes? Did it help with your symptoms at all?
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg (Aug 2008), increased to 7.5mg/kg (March 2009), increased to 10mg/kg and increased to every 6 weeks (April 2009) - 7 infusions so far, next infusion on 5/28 continuing every 6 weeks; Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate)
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (two daily), Acidopholis, Probiotic Align
Diet: Spinach and Sunflower seed butter diet (starting 3/21/09) (will try again once I can eat normally again)
Current Status: April, 2009 - suffering another flare-up :(

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 4/23/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
So funny you would post this. I have a bottle that I just came across last night. I have taken some, seems to be helping a bit. I hope others have more experience to share.
31 yr old female currently breastfeeding (weaning so I can start 6mp)
Mild Pancolitis
I've had UC since 2000 but was in remission for most of those 8 years med free
Cannot tolerate mesalamine - starting 6mp soon

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   Posted 4/23/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Papaya, mango, kiwi and pineapple are all natrual digestive enzymes and when eaten directly after each meal any of them can help break down your food for you to make it less work on your digestive can get supplement form (which usually consist of the vairety of flavors taken from the above mentioned) which many have found helpful especially if they cannot tolerate eating the actual fruits.

Best way to know if it will work is by trying it, because everyone varies with what helps.  I myself eat the actual fruits cuz luckily I have no issues with any fruits or veggies, ect. and I do find it helps, but consistancy seems to be important with me (and probably with anyone).


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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