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journey2health
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   Posted 1/13/2011 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Anybody swear by this? I'm looking for natural supplements to tamp down inflammation. What brand do you recommend. I really don't want to cook with it.

Durango Kid
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   Posted 1/13/2011 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel that turmeric has helped with inflamation  It seems to work best for me when I add it to rice.  I also add curry powder and chicken stock.  I do take the caplets made by Natures Way, but they don't seem as effective.

U.C. (Proctosigmoiditis) DX 2004 after quiting smoking
CURRENT MEDS: UC=Asacol 400mg 4x4 daily; Hydrocortisone enema as needed; Imodium as needed; Psyllium Powder; Turmeric; Fish oil; Multi-vitamin
Hypertension=Cozzar Cholesterol=Welchol; Zetia

journey2health
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   Posted 1/14/2011 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
How do you know they are not as effective? How can you tell, Durango?
In delicate remission--pancolitis. 8 Asacol, Rowesa every other day- with symptoms daily - add Canasa sometimes, Psyllium husk, Align probiotic. Vitamins. Avoid greasy, fried, spicy, citrus, dairy (except yogurt), red meat, caffeine, alcohol. Bipolar/anxiety/depression: lamictal, Lexapro; Sleep-zinc magnesium B6--Zyprexa, klonopin if sleep regime fails.

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 1/14/2011 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I was taking turmeric/cucurmin when my last flare began. I guess it didn't help me stay in remission. I don't buy into any of these supplements. I do try to cook with turmeric but I am sure the amount I use is not enough to make any difference.
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03/07: Diagnosis: Mild Proctitis | 08/08: Diagnosis: Pancolitis - FLARE & Anemic! Asacol (3600mg) + Canasa (1000mg morning/night) | 01/10: FLARE! Prednisone + Cortifoam + Asacol + Canasa + Rowasa | Currently: stable - Asacol (3200mg) + Canasa (nightly) + 6mp + Allopurinol + Prednisone + Ponstel + Klonopin + Ambien

Durango Kid
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   Posted 1/14/2011 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
It just seems like my symptoms improve whenever I eat the turmeric rice.  Maybe it's the way it's delivered to my gut.  I've been taking it for about a year now so I have a few days of comparison...

U.C. (Proctosigmoiditis) DX 2004 after quiting smoking
CURRENT MEDS: UC=Asacol 400mg 4x4 daily; Hydrocortisone enema as needed; Imodium as needed; Psyllium Powder; Turmeric; Fish oil; Multi-vitamin
Hypertension=Cozzar Cholesterol=Welchol; Zetia

hekela
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   Posted 1/14/2011 1:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't notice a difference taking the caplets myself.
I was hopeful, but saw no difference.
32, happily married, stay at home mom to boys, ages 2 &5.
currently: mild flare, improving
UC (probably pancolitis, but no c-scope yet), dx'd June 2006, started having major symptoms Jan 2006, about 3 months after 1st childbirth. 2nd flare (minor) may 2007. 3rd (minor) June 2010
-mainly whole foods diet, no coffee (boohoo!)
-Prayer! Asacol, Slippery Elm, psyllium husk powder

subdued
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   Posted 1/14/2011 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   
During one of my bad flares, I would eat white rice with turmeric and a bit of butter added. It was the only thing I ate that actually helped calm my colon. Everything else would make my flare worse. So yes, I swear by turmeric for use as an anti-inflammatory. In fact, I get better results with turmeric than with the 5-ASAs.

baconeggsyum
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   Posted 1/14/2011 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been living on Tumeric (Natural Factors - try to take 2000mg a day) since I quit Imuran. Take other stuff as well but since it's working, I am not changing anything.
Update : Quit Imuran, off Prednisone and now doing FANTASTIC!!
Getting new GI referral on Nov 10th!!
Ultimate Protec Multi Probiotic 12 Billiono Active - 1 pill at nigth
Boswellia 3x a day
Tumeric 3x day
Centrum Forte 1x
Pantothenic Acid 100mg a day
Metamucil AM and PM
6 x 800 asacol
4000 Vitamin D

Cadillac Lover
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   Posted 1/14/2011 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I take the tumeric pills 3 times a day. Not sure if its really helping but i got it so i take it. I started taking metamucil twice a day a couple days ago and this morning my stool is firmed up more than i seen in a month. Only going once a day since metamucil too.

Jon Snow
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   Posted 1/14/2011 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to take 700 mg capsule a day... noticed no changes to symptoms.
Jon Snow
Pancolitis since 2006, never fully in remission.
Currently take that help: Asacol (6x800mg), psyllium husk, probiotics, fish oil
Have taken but ineffective: budesonide, prednisone, mesalamine enemas and suppositories.

DennyRae
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   Posted 1/14/2011 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Curcumin Extract - Not Turmeric

I took curcumin capsules (Jarrow & NOW brands) for a year - 500mg BID. There was no change in symptoms after starting and stopped use. I've had persistent refractory proctitis since diagnosis in 2006. Most of the OTCs I've tried have had NO noticeable impact on symptoms. I want maximum 'bang' for my every buck; If it's not helping - why waste my money and all that time swallowing Rxs & OCTs if it's not reducing, controlling or preventing symptoms.

There is a growing body of research of curcumin documenting evidence of its benefits in prevention, risk reduction, and symptom treatments in a multitude of conditions and disease states, including UC. It is only due to tight finances that I am not taking it now. Local retailers mark up the product price too high for long-term daily use. So I've purchased from two online retailers with discounted prices without sacrificing quality assurance; VitaCost.com and organicpharmacy.org

Below are three excellent information resource links to help you be more informed about using curcumin as an antinflammatory for UC.
--- Best Wishes, DennyRae


1) This is a NIH fact sheet - follow the URL below:
Turmeric (Curcuma longa Linn.) and Curcumin
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/patient-turmeric.html


2) Curcumin (comprehensive 'summary' of the research for the public)
Micronutrient Research for Optimum Health
Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University
http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/phytochemicals/curcumin/


3) Curcumin Therapy in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Pilot Study
Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Vol. 50, No. 11 (Nov 2005), pp. 2191–93
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/69229708/Curcumin-Therapy-in-Inflammatory- Bowel-Disease--A-Pilot-Study
50 yo Female, in Eugene, Oregon, USA

Refractory (persistent) UC/Proctitis, Mild at diagnosis 2006; Moderate at last scope.
Other GI Dx: IBS, GERD, Binge Eater hx/of Bulemia, Hyperlipidemia, Overweight (BMI @ 27).
Also: FMS/CFS, Anxiety & Depression, OCD
GI Meds: Methotrexate, Canasa, Omeprazole, Probiotic, Statin,TUMs, Miralax, Inulin Fiber. Multi-Vit, Vit C, Calcium w/D, Magnesium, Docusate.

Post Edited (Denny Rae) : 1/18/2011 5:16:20 AM (GMT-7)


songlady
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   Posted 1/14/2011 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Denny, as we discussed via email, could you post the links to these wonderful articles in the "links to articles" thread above and then cut down the size of this posting?
I'll leave it here so you can use it as reference to get the addresses posted for us.
It's good info, so, thanks very much!
Co-Moderator, UC Forum
Age 54. Diagnosed UP 1983, UC 1986
Asacol - 16 pills/day,
Rowasa twice weekly, Canasa occasionally
Metamucil - 2 doses/day
VSL#3DS twice daily, Multivitamin, Calcium and D
homemade yogurt each day
doing well!
Son, 17, dx pancolitis 2007, in remission

AKB
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   Posted 1/15/2011 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I SWEAR by turmeric. I have tried probably every herb or supplement that has any scientific relationship to colitis, and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that turmeric is the one that helped me the most.

However, if you pop a pill, it will do nothing. Turmeric is incredibly poorly absorbed by the body, so you either have to take a super expensive extract (the curcumin mentioned above falls under that category for me), or you do what I do-- take a teaspoonful of turmeric you buy from a middle eastern grocery store morning and night, washed down with water It is literally like eating dirt, but I'd rather eat dirt than bleed.

Good luck-- there's lots of good science behind turmeric!

journey2health
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   Posted 1/15/2011 11:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I heard that you need to mix it with fat, like yogurt, oil or butter?
In delicate remission--pancolitis. 8 Asacol, Rowesa every other day- with symptoms daily - add Canasa sometimes, Psyllium husk, Align probiotic. Vitamins. Avoid greasy, fried, spicy, citrus, dairy (except yogurt), red meat, caffeine, alcohol. Bipolar/anxiety/depression: lamictal, Lexapro; Sleep-zinc magnesium B6--Zyprexa, klonopin if sleep regime fails.

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   Posted 1/16/2011 6:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I heard that you need to mix it with fat, like yogurt, oil or butter?

This is because it is fat-soluble not water-soluble. When cooking with it you normally mix it with the coconut oil.
I take my turmeric/curcumin by pill so that doesn't matter.
In remission April 2010 after 10 years of UC with no remission ever
Jan 2010 began SpecCarbDiet (modified to remove dairy, fruit & juices,)
Gluten-free=bleeding stopped in 3 days, 95% remission in 5.5 months on SCD
SCDiet: Gluten/grain-free, starch-free, low carb, honey as sweetener
(9)Balsalazide+(6)Citrucel+VSL#3 daily, mesalamine enema as needed
Curcumin/turmeric pill, D3 5000, L-glutamine

journey2health
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   Posted 1/16/2011 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone take it with high fat yogurt?
In delicate remission--pancolitis. 8 Asacol, Rowesa every other day- with symptoms daily - add Canasa sometimes, Psyllium husk, Align probiotic. Vitamins. Avoid greasy, fried, spicy, citrus, dairy (except yogurt), red meat, caffeine, alcohol. Bipolar/anxiety/depression: lamictal, Lexapro; Sleep-zinc magnesium B6--Zyprexa, klonopin if sleep regime fails.

Christine1946
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   Posted 1/16/2011 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
     I tried everything...you name it, I tried it, from SCD, all the meds oral and rectal, chiropractic, probiotics, etc...NOTHING WORKED.  I believe that until they find the cause of this disease, there will be no cure other than what I had done in June...total colectomy with end ileostomy...no colon or rectum = no ulcerative colitis.

journey2health
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   Posted 1/16/2011 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Believe me, I'm not a big believer in the natural stuff.

Well, I want to try different things to carry me through a taper of mesalamine enemas from every night to every other night. It seems when I go to every other night, the mild rectal inflammation I always have kicks up with symptoms.

I'm not at my wits end here, thank goodness, just trying not to have to do enemas every night and then have no way to increase if problems should arise.

So far the only thing natural I've done that makes a difference is psyllium husk.

It's not bad with the yogurt (the turmeric). I heard it's not very absorbable without fat, but I don't want to cook it in butter or oil.
In delicate remission--pancolitis. 8 Asacol, Rowesa every other day- with symptoms daily - add Canasa sometimes, Psyllium husk, Align probiotic. Vitamins. Avoid greasy, fried, spicy, citrus, dairy (except yogurt), red meat, caffeine, alcohol. Bipolar/anxiety/depression: lamictal, Lexapro; Sleep-zinc magnesium B6--Zyprexa, klonopin if sleep regime fails.

TraciZ
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   Posted 1/16/2011 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! What a lot of info! Thank you! I just began looking into Turmeric for joint pain which my GI is convinced is ancillary to the UC, which is almost in remission! Anyway, what I found out is that Turmeric (dose of 400-600 mg of curcumin, 95% curcumin or greater) should be taken with fat, phosphatidyl choline, piperine or bromelain to enhance bioavailability (absorbancy). I'm going to try the Natural Factors, I think. Any input or suggestions?
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