Anybody here doing the sunflower seed and spinach thing?

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   Posted 2/26/2009 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I know on the UC board there are several people who are having success with eating sunflower seeds and spinach to alleviate their symptoms. But I can't find anyone who has crohn's that has tried it.

Soooooo....I've read past posts till my eyes are hanging on my chest. And now I'm just going to ask in this forum if any of you have tried it and, if so, what was your experience?

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   Posted 2/26/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Not me, and if I did I think I would be in a world of hurt. JMHO
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   Posted 2/26/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmmmmm.....I did try it a while ago for a few days. I think I even wrote on how I thought it helped with urgency. But I can't really remember. And I was on pred or entocort at the time. Felt like I could eat thumb tacks and get away with it.

I'm only on Asacol now and have been cramping for several days. Everything else feels okay. I'd like to try it again but feel a little more compromised right now without the steroids.

Knowing me I'll probably try it again. I did eat some spinach twice this week and noticed that the day after each time I ate it I didn't have as much cramping. And what little blood there was is gone.

Hmmmm....maybe I'll have to guinea pig this one. I'm such a curious creature.

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   Posted 2/26/2009 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
confused I go out of my way to eat all sorts of green leafed veggies that will be high in iron and calcium, (including but not restricted to spinach, I actually try to avoid oxalic acid which is in that ) specifically because I expect that diarrhoea will play havoc with those nutrients, and I eat sunflower and pumpkin seeds till they come out of my ears, because of the nutrients they contain. Does that count ? I've never actually heard of the sunflower and spinach thing.
For what it is worth, my problems with diarrhoea are much less than most folks on this board - my problems tend to be fatigue oriented. nonoBut I don't know if that is just luck.

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   Posted 2/26/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Snohare....that is the spinach and sunflower seed diet. You just incorporate spinach into your diet (however you can eat it...raw, canned, steamed) and eat sunflower seeds (and pumpkin seeds if you like). It sounds almost too simple to be effective. Anyway, I guess it has something to do with food source magnesium (not in pill form) and beta carotene.

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   Posted 2/26/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Eating whole seeds with active crohn's sounds like a bad idea. However, maybe you can grind them up into a butter? I've seen "sunbutter" at health food stores.

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   Posted 2/26/2009 3:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Sno....I can't rem are you UC or CD? I would love to know the impact that sunflower seeds on you. I miss them terribly, but have been afraid to try them since sesame seeds (and nuts) wreak total havoc on me. Tell me more about how you eat the seeds & where your CD is located. I may just try them when i know I will be home for a couple of days.
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   Posted 2/26/2009 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Every IBDer is different, I can eat all nuts and seeds with no issues even while flaring (which I always have been) they don't causes me to bleed or have any worse bowel problems...I eat spinach and sunflower seeds but it has not improved anything related to my IBD or otherwise...I eat them because I like them and they're healthy, but it hasn't made any impact on my crohn's one way or the other.

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