Hmm...funny you should mention pineapple. I haven't given it much thought, but I saw a nutritionist shortly after being discharged from the hospital in May. She gave me a ton of info, most of what I knew already, since I have been battling UC since 1998. One of the pamphlets contained a research study of the positive effects of pineapple on patients with UC. Just found the pamphlet. The researcher's name is Laura Hale, M.D., Ph.D. It is the bromelain, the enzyme found in pineapple. Laura and her colleagues, in 2002, did a study and found that bromelain stripped the white blood cells of certain molecules involved with adhesion and activation. A later study showed that when mice ate bromelain, it remained active throughout the gastro tract.
This pamphlet was written last spring, but the research is continuing. Dr. Hale feels that bromelain is one of several promising options for treatment of UC. So...hey, why not give it a shot! Why have I waited till now? Your post lit a bulb in my head. Thanks!
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.