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WingZero
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   Posted 12/3/2011 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
From the WHFoods list:

Somebody said...

Improvement of inflammatory bowel problemsâ€"including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease - has also been demonstrated in preliminary studies on animals with daily strawberry extract or strawberry powder intake. Interestingly, even though strawberries contain relatively small amounts of salicylic acid (an anti-inflammatory compound very similar to the acetylsalicylic acid of aspirin), some researchers have suggested that this naturally-occurring anti-inflammatory substance in strawberries might be partly responsible for decreased inflammation in the digestive tract of individuals diagnosed with inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.


Full link here: http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=32

I absolutely love strawberries (have been my favorite fruit since childhood), and although I don't expect miracles from eating them it's good to know they could have a positive impact on my 'itis. yeah
26, Female

Diagnosed with Ulcerative "Pan" Colitis 1998. Was med free from 2003 onward prior to getting hit with a nasty flare August 2011. Trying to pull out of current flare and achieve remission.

Currently taking:
OFF PREDNISONE as of 11/13/11 :D
Lialda 3 tabs/day
Just started Freeda SCD Multivitamin x1/day - Much easier on the stomach!
Homemade SCD yogurt for probiotics

fruitgirl
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   Posted 12/3/2011 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't seem to do much for me! I worked with strawberries for my PhD project then once I finished it, went to work for a company in the PNW that grew all of the small fruit crops, and farmed about 250 acres of strawberries. I was diagnosed when I was working for them and eating megadoses of strawberries all summer long!
Symptomatic remission as of May 2009
Colonoscopy in Oct. 2011 showed no inflammation
Symptoms began in Nov. 2008, about 4 weeks after birth of first child
Diagnosed with pancolitis in Jan. 2009
Apriso (Four 0.375 g pills once daily), Mesalamine enema twice weekly, multivitamin, vitamin D, probiotic
Used prednisone (starting dose 40 mg) to gain remission, tapered off easily

Mackster
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   Posted 12/3/2011 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Are strawberries availlable in juice form?  I don't think I've ever seen it but tbf I've never ever looked for it either.

WingZero
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   Posted 12/3/2011 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never seen strawberries in juice form but you could juice them yourself (oh god that would be so delicious!).

Fruitgirl, I don't think the effects are significant/preventative, but I thought it was interesting and I'm glad that my favorite fruit doesn't do me harm. :D
26, Female

Diagnosed with Ulcerative PanColitis 1998. Was med free from 2003 onward prior to getting hit with a nasty flare August 2011. Currently doing much better.

Currently taking:
Sundown Cod Liver Oil x1/day
Lialda 3 tabs/day
Just started Freeda SCD Multivitamin x1/day
Homemade SCD yogurt for probiotics
SCD since October 6, 2011

Carlie
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   Posted 12/3/2011 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I cant have berries :( or Kiwi... :( The seeds make me icky.
After 6 years remission, no maintenance drugs Suffered a major relapse-
New city, New Doctors
45 yr old mother of 2
25 mg zoloft
Asacol 400mg 2 tablets 4x a day
Hydrocortisone 100mg 60ml enema's every 3rd night
Canasa suppositories every (other) night
Prednisone 40mg daily, 30 mg taper began Thanksgiving
Hyocyamine 125mg 1 or 2 sub-lingual prior to meals- makes me sleepy

sherbear46
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   Posted 12/3/2011 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I can only eat two or three...they do a number on me if its more than that. And I LOVE them.
Diagnosed April 2009

Currently taking Lialda 2 tabs in am, Protonix 40mg every day, Singulair, Zyrtec, Probiotics, and Rowasa enema once a week.

WingZero
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   Posted 12/3/2011 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh god, I can seriously eat like an entire pint of them... Not without problems though. xD
26, Female

Diagnosed with Ulcerative PanColitis 1998. Was med free from 2003 onward prior to getting hit with a nasty flare August 2011. Currently doing much better.

Currently taking:
Sundown Cod Liver Oil x1/day
Lialda 3 tabs/day
Just started Freeda SCD Multivitamin x1/day
Homemade SCD yogurt for probiotics
SCD since October 6, 2011

Red_34
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   Posted 12/4/2011 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh what a tease! LOL I LOVE LOVE LOVE strawberries but 1)I'm allergic to them - they give me angry red, itchy, blotchy hives and 2) The seeds are a no no with my diverticulosis.
SHERRY
Moderator-Allergies/Asthma and Alzheimer's, Co-moderator-UC
Diagnosed Left sided UC in '92 - meds: 6mp, Colazal, Remicade and Bentyl*Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines*, in '11 diagnosed with IBS, Diverticulosis, Fibromylagia..I also have Sacroiilitis, Scoliosis, Raynauds, OA, PA, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Dry Eye and allergies controlled by Zyrtec and Singular

deltaforce
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   Posted 12/5/2011 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to know. I love strawberries. Now I will get a big bag of frozen strawberries and smoothie every day :)
Diagnosed March 2007 with left sided UC at the age of 30.
Currently on,
Colazal 9 daily, Imuran, 100mg + 50mg, Vit. B12, 1mg, Multivitamin, 1 tablet daily, Fish oil 1200mg daily, Vit D 2000 IU daily, Butterbur 150mg daily.

Verapamil 240mg for migraine, Migraine episode now at least twice a month,
Ibuprofen 400mg is the only solution (but leads to bleeding). Looking for alternatives.

bananagirl
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   Posted 12/5/2011 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
just had a strawberry banana smoothie today. the organic ones i got at the store were great. i wasn't sure since it is december already and it's not really strawberry season at all. i was pleasantly surprised.
Joanna
Age:22
severe pancolitis
previous medications:sulfa/mesal/cortico enemas, lialda, prednisone
medications: 50 mg 6mp and remicade.
healthy stuff: 2 packets of VSL#3, 4000 iu Vit D, Adrenal Support, Chorella/Turmeric, 3mg Melatonin

remicade infusion aug 29, 2011, sept 12, 2011, and is oct 10, 2011. next one is nov 30.

my goal is to get off 6mp and remicade asap.

fruitgirl
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   Posted 12/5/2011 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Actually, bananagirl, it is strawberry season in southern California! I used to work for a company that sells strawberry nursery plants, and a good portion of the plants go to southern Cal. The plants are grown in nursery fields in northern California/southern Oregon and are dug in mid to late October. By then, the plants have accumulated enough chill hours (most temperate-zone plants need a set number of hours below 45 in order to set fruiting buds), and they're dug and shipped to fruiting fields in southern Cal. Once there, they'll start growing again and flower and fruit.

Researchers have also figured out other ways to manipulate the plants in order to keep strawberries fruiting in one part of the state or the other just about year-round. California has very diverse climates, which is part of the reason it's so successful.

This is all accomplished w/o the use of chemicals or genetic engineering.
Symptomatic remission as of May 2009
Colonoscopy in Oct. 2011 showed no inflammation
Symptoms began in Nov. 2008, about 4 weeks after birth of first child
Diagnosed with pancolitis in Jan. 2009
Apriso (Four 0.375 g pills once daily), Mesalamine enema twice weekly, multivitamin, vitamin D, probiotic
Used prednisone (starting dose 40 mg) to gain remission, tapered off easily

Serenity Now
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   Posted 12/6/2011 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Great if you live in California.. but by the time they ship those suckers anywhere they taste pretty bland. I only buy fresh strawberries when they are in season here. Otherwise frozen it is.
Female, 45, Vancouver BC
Currently in remission

fruitgirl
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   Posted 12/6/2011 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
They taste pretty bad even if you DO get them fresh from the field in California! They're bred (again, through traditional breeding methods, no GMOs or anything) to have a long shelf life, which compromises flavor.

Plus, I'm betting that what you get in Vancouver are cultivars like Hood and Totem. They were bred for the processing market, so have super high brix (ie, sugars) and amazing flavor profiels. They don't really need any shelf life, since they're usually frozen w/in 24 hours of being picked.
Symptomatic remission as of May 2009
Colonoscopy in Oct. 2011 showed no inflammation
Symptoms began in Nov. 2008, about 4 weeks after birth of first child
Diagnosed with pancolitis in Jan. 2009
Apriso (Four 0.375 g pills once daily), Mesalamine enema twice weekly, multivitamin, vitamin D, probiotic
Used prednisone (starting dose 40 mg) to gain remission, tapered off easily

Serenity Now
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   Posted 12/6/2011 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh I didn't realize they wouldn't even taste good in California... I was just assuming it was the travel that caused them to be lousy. Interesting!

No idea about what kind we get here... I just know that local strawberries are YUM, frozen are OK, and "fresh" transported from anywhere else are YUCK. This is high level strawberry analysis from a layperson, hee hee.
Female, 45, Vancouver BC
Currently in remission

Peace&Harmony
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   Posted 12/6/2011 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Funny thing. On the visit I was diagnosed, my ex-GI told me that eating a diet of only strawberry won't cure me! What an a**!!! Which I could show him that now! He at least had an interesting approach to breaking the news. Hopefully he never become a psychiatrist!
Diagnosed July 2010
As of 5/25/2011 procitis is now pancolitis!!
Pred 40mg started 6/4/2011, 15mg, as of 11/13/2011
LDN 4.5 mg 4/23/2011 / Apriso / Entocort EC / Microgestin
Folic Acid / Angstrom Mineral Blood Support / VSL#3 / Engery Multiplex / MucoaHeal / Burt's Bees Res-Q Ointment (great stuff for rectal pain!)
10/30 Absorb Plus 6 week bowel rest diet
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