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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/25/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Who out there takes vitiamns? I have been reading alot of web sites and alot of people take vitiamns. Do they help?

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 6/25/2008 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I've taken vitamins forever......they help to ensure we get them since many UCers don't eat foods that would contain the vitamins in most supplements.

That would include milk (calcium. vitamin A & D), fruits (vitamin C, potassium, Vitamin A, iron, fibre..etc) and vegegables (iron, calcium, fibre, vitamin A..etc) and for some complex carbs (B-vitamins..etc).
As well, some medications either block or deplete some vitamins/minerals so it's good to add them through diet or supplementation.
Many people are low in Vitamin D....always good to get it checked.

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*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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Date Joined Oct 2007
Total Posts : 320
   Posted 6/26/2008 4:09 AM (GMT -6)   
No, I no longer take a vitamin tablet.

I don't believe they are necessary and that they are many people's way of getting around the impeded diet many UCers are forced to live with (in most cases).

My take is that if you can eat a healthy BALANCED breakfast, lunch and dinner with a good mix of FRESH vegetables, meats and fruits you will be able to get all the vitamins and minerals your body needs.

If however you are on prednisone it IS a good idea to increase your dietary intake of foliate (or take a foliate pill) and iron is often required for those that become anaemic.
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   Posted 6/26/2008 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with eating healthy all around but that does not guarantee for IBDers that we are getting all the nutrients via food alone and often we need to supplement with vitamins.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 499
   Posted 6/26/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Centrum and two calcium each day.
Lori (Bellski)-age 43 from Illinois
Diagnosed February 2008 with Ulcerative Proctitis,
Currently: mild symptoms / flare ?
Medications:  Asacol 400mg X 6, Cymbalta 20 mg X 1,         Canasax X 2 Vitamins:  Calcium 600 + D X 2, Centrum, Citrucel caplets, Probiotics
High fiber diet
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Old Hat
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 5185
   Posted 6/26/2008 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
The right vitamin can be a major blessing in a UCer's life. I take Centrum Silver, formulated for folks over 50. Can tolerate lactose-free milk, natural yogurt, & hard yellow cheeses so I do not lack for calcium in my daily diet-- this is a very important mineral to supplement if one cannot get enough thru foods. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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