I took this years ago, seems like it would help UC or start it ;)
Aminosalicylates, corticosteroids, immunomodulators, and other drugs may be given to relax the patient or to relieve pain, diarrhea, or infection. Highly preliminary evidence suggests that spirulina or other blue-green algae products may counter allergic reactions, such as hay fever and hives,18,19,39,40 help protect the liver from toxic chemicals, reduce blood pressure, and control symptoms of ulcerative colitis. Blue green algae has shown in lab tests to exert strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which is useful for diseases like arthritis,lupus and ulcerative colitis.sbgalgae.com/faq/blue-green-algae-for-ulcers/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11347287
SES: Blue-green algae has been used for a certain type of mouth/tongue ulcer (leukoplakia) and as a nutritional supplement.
Chlorella Produces 61% Reduction in Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms
Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia conducted a small study to further examine the effect of Chlorella on certain chronic illnesses. Double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trials were held using 55 subjects with fibromyalgia, 33 with hypertension, and 9 with ulcerative colitis. This report is on the ulcerative colitis patients.
Eight of nine ulcerative colitis patients, age 25 to 56 completed the study. All UC patients participating in the
open-label study were given an initial sigmoidoscopic exam of their colons, and their symptoms were recorded and scored. Each participant took fifty chlorella tablets (ten grams) and approximately three ounces of liquid extract each day for two months. No restrictions were implemented and participants were instructed to continue their normal lifestyle routines, including taking any already prescribed medications.
At the end of the second month, full examinations and interviews were completed to determine any improvements in the patients’ ulcerative colitis condition. These examinations were performed to determine the disease activity index (DAI) — the most commonly used objective assessment for determining the state of inflammation of the colon. The DAI has four subscales: stool frequency, rectal bleeding, mucosal appearance, and physician’s overall assessment. Each subclass is scored from 0 to 3, thus the maximum score for the DAI is 12. Zero represents no disease symptoms.
Every participant’s symptoms improved after adding chlorella to their diets. The examinations revealed significantly less inflammation. General assessment indicated that the patients’ overall ulcerative colitis had significantly improved. The Disease Activity Index decreased from an average of 7.2 to 2.8. That’s nearly a sixty percent reduction in symptoms!
Prior to the study, there was a fair amount of medical literature that indicated that the use of chlorella could provide substantial benefits for sufferers of ulcerative colitis:
Numerous reports indicated that chlorophyll was beneficial in cleansing and protecting the lower GI tract. Chlorella has the highest chlorophyll content of any known plant.
Laboratory studies have suggested that chlorella stimulates the immune system to produce macrophages, which are cells that clean the blood, body fluids and cavities of harmful substances.
In the bowel area, chlorella was reported to stimulate the growth of “good” intestinal bacteria — lactobacilli, that assist in destroying populations of harmful bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E. coli).hsionline.com/2006/01/11/stop-thinking-about-antioxidants/
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