Roni - the probiotics I read about
that were successful in reducing the permeability of the gut were the more common Lactobacillus/Bifidobacter/Streptococcus/and so on. Primal Defense is a mix of HSO's which usually do not remain resident in the gut. They offer the advantage that they eat other bacteria and fungi, as well as providing some nutrients. Note that the usual formulations of the older probiotics do not enteric coat the bacteria and between 90 and 99.9% of them are destroyed in the stomach. Since there are about
10,000 times the number of bacteria in a capsule already present in your gut, you need to get as many of the capsule bacteria into your gut alive - this means enteric coating.
I know that it is a pain trying to alter your diet, especially when you're suffering, but the possibility of reducing the ongoing damage is a nice carrot. I have never seen the carb-restricted diet suggested for Crohn's (But I am still pretty new to this) - it is only a result of the reading that I did which seems to show that the damage is caused by MMP-3 which is expressed excessively by the presence of butyrate, which is formed as a result of carbs and some types of fibre in the gut. It may do some of what the meds that you can't have would do.
I just Googled low carbs and Crohn's and it seems to be not a new idea. It is not just a fad idea though and the results they talk about
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