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Christine1946
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   Posted 9/27/2008 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone tried green tea extract with any beneficial results?
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Still flaring.   Afraid that I am pred dependant.  Back on Pred 40 mgm for five days, then taper.  Other meds...Colazal, 6MP, Nexium, Cort enemas, Canasa suppository, Benicar, Toprol xl, water pill.
Calcium, Probiotic, Flaxseed oil capsule, multivitamin with Iron
Also have osteoporosis and high blood pressure
Remicade NOT an option. Not a candidate for surgery yet..says surgeon.


Apetro
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   Posted 9/27/2008 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink green tea quite a bit for overall health reasons before I ever had UC. Couldn't tell you if it does anything for UC though.....
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quincy
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   Posted 9/27/2008 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Many use it for weight loss because it does rev up the system a bit and be a bit of a diruretic. It's chock full of phytochemicals,b however, which are a good thing.
I used to take the capsules for a few years...just because...they're expensive and since I'm taking so many supplements, I've decided to drink the tea instead of use them in supplements.

q
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  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 !!!
 


LondonRed
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   Posted 9/27/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Chamomile tea is the one!

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Patches of Mild Colitis (including Rectum) - Currently Minor Bleeding
Medication: 1000mg Asacol Enema, 800mg Asacol Tablets x 2 a day.


Christine1946
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   Posted 9/27/2008 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink both...chamomile and green but only about three cups total a day.  I miss my coffee!!!
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Still flaring.   Afraid that I am pred dependant.  Back on Pred 40 mgm for five days, then taper.  Other meds...Colazal, 6MP, Nexium, Cort enemas, Canasa suppository, Benicar, Toprol xl, water pill.
Calcium, Probiotic, Flaxseed oil capsule, multivitamin with Iron
Also have osteoporosis and high blood pressure
Remicade NOT an option. Not a candidate for surgery yet..says surgeon.


lisabeth
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   Posted 9/27/2008 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been drinking green tea for about 5 years. Doesn't seem to have any affect on flare ups one way or another.

jujub
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   Posted 9/27/2008 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink green tea all day long. It tastes great, but I can't testify that I've noticed any change in my health.
Judy - Southern US 
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/27/2008 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink it - makes me pee a lot and reduces some of my bloat.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


ucwarrior
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   Posted 9/27/2008 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
In addition to what very intelligent q said about the phytochemicals, the major thing I think green tea would be good for concerning UC is its antioxidant capabilities. I read a study a few years back about how green tea contains phytonutrients that are more powerful than vitamin E. I think one of those was cachetins (sp?) However some individuals may be offsetting the benefit with high amounts of refined carbs to sweeten it. I drink copious amounts of white and green tea all day long sweetened with table sugar, stevia, or honey (depends on my condition at the time). I'm sure its prob not good for my kidneys tho.

White tea is reportedly to contain more of these chemicals due to its earlier harvest and youthful vigor.

Y2K Bug
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   Posted 9/28/2008 5:23 AM (GMT -6)   

It says here that green tea contains catechins which is a natural TNF inhibitor which is the mechanism used in remicade and humira (and not abadacept!).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TNF_inhibitor

 


Peter
 
49yo single dad 
dx 1985
mesalazine 1.5g, prednisolone 15mg
tried infliximab (remicade), humira, salofalk (5-asa enema), entocort, Azathioprine, steroid emenas, abadacept


FitzyK23
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   Posted 9/28/2008 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Why would it be bad for the kidneys? Q said that the phytochemicals are a good thing. I also thing its a good source of energy for IBD'rs because it has some caffeine but nowhere near as much as black tea or coffee. Enough to wake you a bit but not enough to make you sick.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


quincy
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   Posted 9/28/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
bad for kidneys because it's having to process so much volume of fluid (copious amounts)continually (all day long)...plus the fact that tea is somewhat of a a diuretic because of its caffeine content...that's what I would assume based on what the kidneys do and what tea does.

q


*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  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 !!!
 

Post Edited (quincy) : 9/28/2008 1:17:22 PM (GMT-6)


potty girl
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   Posted 9/28/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I drink decafe, unsweetened green tea most the time but havent really noticed a differents in my uc because of it, I do add crystalized ginger sometimes to settle the tummy, which adds a little sugar.
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synthroid .088 mg, lowpressor 50 mg x 2, cozaar 25mg x2, imdur 30 mg
nitroquick, proventol, plavix 75 mg, protonix 40 mg x 2, asacal 400mg x 9
carafate 1 gm x 4, zyrtec 10 mg, rhinocort aqua nose spray, fish oil,
potassium.

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