Which non-prescription, supplements are you on?

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   Posted 12/20/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Which non-prescription, supplements are you on? and which one (or more) has helped most for you?

Post Edited (MichaelR) : 12/20/2009 10:28:25 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/20/2009 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Not exactly natural but Vitamin D has been very helpful in keeping me from getting colds or flu. I CLEARLY get sick less often in the last few years now. Not getting sick helps keep my CD down I would think anyway.

Also I use Tumeric and PB-8 probiotic. I am not as clear on how much these help my CD but I feel good about them.

I also use fish oil which is good for the overall health and again might be good for the CD.

I use Blue1 for my CD. It is not natural though but I feel strongly that it helps.

I use FD&C Blue dye number 1 and it really seems to help me.  There is SCIENCE behind this.  Just ask me and I will explain it to you.  U/C and Crohn's for 34 years.  Blue dye for one month and I am feeling pretty good!  I am so excited by this but I need others to try it with their doctor's permission.  Simple food coloring!!  BLUE1.  
I can't make money on this, it's already in your kitchen.  I just want to help.
I do 2 drops in 6 ounces of water when I get up, 2 or 3 drops in 16 or 20 ounces of water that I sip all day and then 2 drops in 6 ounces of water at bedtime.   Max of 7 drops a day.  Give it about ten days.  I am NOT a healthcare professional.   Ask your doctor if this is safe for you. 

Post Edited (FunGuy) : 12/20/2009 10:56:37 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/20/2009 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I take 3000 units of Vitamin D. This helps my immune system, it also helps ease the fatigue and joint pain some. Probiotics are probably one of the most important I think every Crohnie should take. We tend to have a bacterial imbalance and the probiotics help to even things out. Many use Omega 3, although I am still looking for one that agrees with my sensitive stomach. If you can a multi vitamin, I can't they upset my tummy too much. I am sure others will be along with what works for them.
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   Posted 12/20/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I have heard that refrigerating the Fish Oil capsules makes them easier on the gut. Any truth to that?

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   Posted 12/20/2009 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey FunGuy, I have no issues with the fish oils I take (omegas 3-6-9 and vitamin A) cuz I drink plenty of water with them so I don't get fishy-burps.

MicahelR, check out my sig, the combination of what I do/use is what helps more than just taking one or 2 supplements...everyone's different of course so what works for one may not work for another, it's all trial and error.


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   Posted 12/20/2009 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I use a multivitamin and extra vitamin C (600 mg of calcium ascorbate), D (currently 2000 IU of a liquid emulsion - make sure that you use D3), E (400 IU) and cal/mag and a folic acid/B12/B6 combo (B6 does much the same thing as FunGuy's blue dye and folic acid and B12 are commonly problems due to absorption issues).

Forgot to mention probiotics - currently using homemade yogurt - the SCD recipe.

Also I eat curry daily - it seems that the turmeric in it does help. I went without for one day and had some issues. The next day, I had curry again and the issues faded away - maybe a coincidence? The reason for using curry is the preparation. The curry paste is in an oil base and turmeric is not well absorbed without enough oil taken with it.

Post Edited (Keeper) : 12/20/2009 2:40:12 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/20/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I was asking about the fish oil for Nanners PB4. It doesn't bother me at all but thanks. Keeper my wife makes awesome curry but usually too hot spicy for my gut. Bummer!

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   Posted 12/20/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
My 9 yr old daughter takes the following daily:
Forvia - a multivitamin for crohn's specifically
omegas - Coromega and an oil capsule
calcium gummy bears
Vitamin D3 - 2000 IU
6-strain probiotic from custom probiotics
Not sure which if any of these is doing anything fantastic, but they are all good for her so I'm assuming they can't hurt. I can say she seems to feel better when taking the Align and when drinking Ensure on a regular basis. The vit D3 seems to be working...no colds or flus in my house this season so far at all...and lots of kids at school have been getting sick, but not her. Oh, and we do keep the omegas in the fridge, easier to tolerate.

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       Posted 12/20/2009 10:38 PM (GMT -7)   
    Probiotic - Flora Q2 - if I don't take this, I get sick. This is the one I can't do without. I can't even switch brands.
    Fish/Flax Oil - Omega 3's only
    Prescription prenatal vitamins
    Vitamin D
    Vitamin C
    Metamucil capsules
    CD since July 2007 - prenatal vitamins + extra vit. D, vit. C and iron, fish/flax oil, probiotics

    Following excellent Omega-3 diet as per James Scala's 'The New Eating Right for the Bad Gut' - got me out of a flare.

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       Posted 12/21/2009 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
    My 22 yr old daughter takes 5000IU D3, monthly B12 shots, iodine (because she uses sea salt, which is not iodized), 27 mg iron, a combo calcium/D supplement (500/200), multivitamin every other day, B complex, zinc once a week, homemade yogurt. 

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       Posted 12/21/2009 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
    Viactiv (been on prednisone waay to long)...it's a calcium/vit D&K chew
    Flax seed oil (can't take the fish oil either...it always wants to come back for many encores)
    Zinc (on suggestion of my GI, esp due to hair loss...and taste changes)
    Multivitamin (liquid or a formulation that is easily digestible ie SuperVitaBoost)
    Align (or other probiotic)

    Oh, BTW, I make some chicken "stew" in a crockpot with tumeric...one way to get it in...also I use some curry powder (mild)...cost plus marketplace has a good formulations, they have 3 types of temperatures for those like me, whose tummy can't take too hot of curry's....
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       Posted 12/21/2009 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
    I take 2000 IU D3 and Boswellia Serrata with turmeric. I also take zink, selenium, Cal/Mag and vitamin B complex. All these supplements are taken every day. And I use home made SCD-yogurt. /Bee
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