Colitis and Acai Berry

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   Posted 2/19/2009 4:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I need advice...
I tried some Acai berry capsules and since then, I have had terrible issues with my colitis. I have since stopped taking the capsules but continue to have symptoms of 'needing to visit the little room' all the time.
I was wondering if anyone else has had issues like this. I've been pretty good since 2005 and would hate to think that the Acai caused me to come out of remission...
Thanks for your reponses in advance.


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   Posted 2/19/2009 5:15 AM (GMT -7)   
If you've stopped taking them and you still have problems, it is probably not the capsules. Have you changed anything else? How long were you taking the capsules before the issues started?

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   Posted 2/19/2009 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Devlyn,

Welcome to the Forum! How long did you take the capsules, and how long ago did you stop? Have you changed anything recently, like a new medication?
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.

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   Posted 2/19/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi FallColors & OHIO76:
Thanks for the welcome!
I did have pneumonia recently; however, my doc is very careful about giving me anything. I had pred and some Cipro along with Bi****h and Nexium. The Cipro didn't bother me one bit.
My doc usually checks over and over if he changes any of my meds a small amount. The pharmacy knows as well and I usually ask my pharmacist before I choose anything OTC whether I will have issues. This product came off the Internet and even though I read through the site a few times looking for 'reactions' none were found by me or by my dad. My dad ordered another type of Acai Berry product off the same site (my dad is not a sufferer of digestive problems). The original reason I even bothered with this particular supplement was that it had been recommended as an energy booster by my dad's cardiologist who is usually very careful about such things.
This current flare started after I ingested the capsules...
I spoke to my doc today; he said to start taking Immodium for today and then come in for the usual, a stool culture and if that shows no infections, back on the pred cry .
I also had the opportunity to speak to a holistic healer at work, she said that Acai Berry does cause some probs with people who have sensitive digestive systems.
I will never take a supplement again without passing it by my gastro first. Ugh! All this trouble over a small berry that was supposed to make me feel energized, now I feel like pooh.
TY for your responses:
PS: I've had Ulcerative Colitis for 23 years now; been in and out of hospital. My last huge flare was in 2000 and lasted until 2005. I was quite well until this incident.

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   Posted 2/19/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my word!  How ironic!  I just was looking at this stuff last night.  Does anybody else have experience with this?

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   Posted 2/19/2009 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi ChroniemomX2:
I am glad you saw my post before you had the same experience!  I am able to tolerate Flaxseed Oil in moderation, but not Olestra and never Splenda or Sorbitol. I guess we are all different where diet is concerned but it seems this Acai Berry is a powerful spasmodic.

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   Posted 2/19/2009 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
i've got no problem using the acai berry. if anything it might make me a big gassy, but then that is cos i never do fruit juice (just water and jaegermeister) so my bowels arent set up any more for all the concentrated fructose.

most of the acai berry products on the market are junk. the claim to fame for the acai berry is its off the chart antioxidant capacity which dwarfs the next highest food on the chart. however, due to the enzymes naturally occurring in the acai berry, its nutritional content and antioxidant capacity only lasts a matter of hours (no more than 48 hrs) after it is picked. most companies use a cheap way to prevent complete decay but the end product is greatly diminished compared to the fresh version in brazil. this is why you have to drink like 8 oz of juice in say bolthouse farms brand to equate to 2 servings antioxidant wise of fruits and vegetables where if you compare to **** ***, you drink 4 ounces of that and you get 13 servings. that is because **** *** is a superior product and has retained most of the power of the acai berry. most products add sweeteners and preservatives and other junk to stabilize them, preserve shelf life, and make them more palatable. that is why the best juice is that made by you with fresh ingredients.

now also, when you superdose with antioxidants, it may cause an upset in your body as it is now getting tools delinquent in your diet to finally fight the chronic stuff in your body you took for granted as signs of aging or didnt even realize was happening. this is part of the getting sick before you get better syndrome as your body detoxes itself.

that is my 10 cents.....
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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   Posted 2/19/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Harry:
All I know is that the product claims to be certified organic, kosher, pure and from Brazil. Our cardiologist uses it, my dad uses it -- I cannot use it.
Every Chron's and Colitis sufferer I know has different dietary issues. One can have cheese and milk products, one cannot have them. Some can have wheat, some cannot have wheat, etc. The first gastro I saw in 1983 said that it was up to my body to tell me what I could consume and I have always followed that rule. It still works for me.
I have been vegetarian since 2001 and that also works for me.
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