Avocado--princesa, please read!

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fruitgirl
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   Posted 5/4/2009 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
So I think that avocado really helps my UC.  I was eating quite a bit of homemade guacamole a few weeks ago (pretty much every day for lunch!), then quit eating it when I went on my interview (it was a two-day out of state interview).  During that time, my UC symptoms got worse...increased frequency and much looser stools, and slight urgency on occasion. I also tapered completely off of pred during that time, although I had been on the lowest dose for a while, yet didn't notice any difference until I wasn't eating guacamole as well.
 
I made some guacamole on Tuesday night last week, and have eaten it for lunch every day since then.  Each day, my UC symptoms have decreased!  I plan to continue with the guacamole this week, then go off of it next week to see what happens.  I want to really figure out of the avocado helps. 
 
So, princesa, my question for you (since you seem to have an extensive knowledge of supplements, and I remember we've talked about avocado in the past), is what supplement I could take that has the same oils that avocado does?  While I love avocado and guacamole, it's probably not a good idea to eat it every day because they're so high in fat.  I know it's good fat, but it's probably not the best idea to have that much on a daily basis.  And, it's kind of impossible to eat it when I'm traveling. 
 
Thanks!
 
 
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


jays_fan
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   Posted 5/4/2009 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I love guacamole. Never seemed to make a flare-up worse for me (never had anything that's helped either, it just got better on its own), though ripe avacadoes are a pain to find here in Toronto. At least where I live.

seconder
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   Posted 5/4/2009 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   

I eat avocado often, almost every day.  They're great sliced on a sandwich or used in lieu of mayo.  They're high in monosaturated fat and vitamin E among other nutrients.  That may have something to do with easing uc symptoms.

Why would you take a supplement when you can eat the real thing?


geminisunset
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   Posted 5/4/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I love guacamole. It's the only colorful thing besides carrots that I have been eating during this flare up. Everything else is just white or beige (turkey deli sandwiches on white bread, chicken, rice, egg whites, etc.). I love that I can eat guacamole without being in additional pain.
GeminiSunset
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006
Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
Medications: Canasa (helped the first flare when it was just proctitis); Rowasa enemas (did not help as the following colonoscopy confirmed pancolitis); Lialda (2 pills in the morning, 2 pills in the evening, soon to be 2 pills in the morning only once I'm off steriods); Prednisone; Protonix (only took while on prednisone); Remicade infusions, started at 5mg/kg (Aug 2008), increased to 7.5mg/kg (March 2009), increased to 10mg/kg and increased to every 6 weeks (April 2009) - 7 infusions so far, next infusion on 5/28 continuing every 6 weeks; Zyrtec-D (for allergies); Toprol (a generic form, 25 mg, for a rapid heart rate); Prednisone 40 mg daily
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex w/vitamin C, Iron supplements, Omega-3 Fish Oil (coated, not sure how much except one soft-gel daily), Aloe Vera supplement (two daily), Acidopholis, Probiotic Align
Diet: Spinach and Sunflower seed butter diet (starting 3/21/09) (will try again once I can eat normally again)
Current Status: April, 2009 - suffering another flare-up :( Surgery may be my next option.


fruitgirl
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   Posted 5/4/2009 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Because I travel a fair amount for work, so it's hard to get it every day. Plus, I like to limit my total fat intake because my metabolism is on the slow side, so if a supplement works as well as the real thing, then great! It's also hard to find good ones during certain times of the year. And I know I'll get sick of it eventually! :)
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


Cfromutah
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   Posted 5/4/2009 5:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Avocado's are high in all the same nutrients that are in sunflower seeds that I believe to be what's in them that helps with UC. They are high in pantothenic acid, magnesium and vitamin E. Sunflower seeds are very high in those three nutrients also and as you probably know sunflower seeds or sunflower butter have helped many people on this forum. Not a lot of foods have high amounts of pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5) but avocados and sunflower seeds are two that are. Avocados also have a little  beta carotene, which is another nutrient that I believe to help with UC, sunflower seeds don't have that nutrient but spinach does. Funny you should mention avocados because just earlier today I was thinking of writing on here to let people know that avocados contain the same nutrients as the seeds. I eat them all the time and I do think they help much the same as the sunflower seeds but ounce per ounce sunflower seeds and sunflower seed butter contain more magnesium and pantothenic acid so it dont take as much of the seeds to get the same nutrients.


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fruitgirl
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   Posted 5/4/2009 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I also read today that avocadoes are high in fiber, one of the highest of any fruit or veggie..75% insoluble and 25% soluble.
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


Supa
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   Posted 5/4/2009 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
All of this is making me so happy to read. I adore avocados and guac, and while my hips certainly don't need me eating it everyday, I would be happy to do so!!!

Thanks for all of this info!!

(and sorry I have no input on the original question about supplements)
Laura
 
33 years old, stay at home mom of 2 girls, ages 3.5 and 2.5
 
Diagnosed in 2007
Currently on:
Asacol 6pills/day
Biweekly injections for Humira clinical trial-going well so far!!
Canasa suppositories-1000mg nightly for recent flare


PinkPaperclip
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   Posted 5/4/2009 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
What about cilantro, tomatoes, onions and lime juice (all put togheter in the blender along with avocadoes)? I am uncertain about em.. I can't live without guacamole!!! I don't seem to get worse when I eat some but again I have been on a flare since march 17th and it's hard to tell what makes me sick...
Diagnosed with severe pancolitis 03/09
Solumedrol infusions twice daily, Mezavant 4.6g, Imuran 100mg
Mulitivitamin, calcium supplements, probiotics
Seroquel 12.5mg, Paxil 10 mg, Zopiclone 5 mg for anxiety (since 2003)
 


jeanneac
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   Posted 5/4/2009 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I love avocado too. I think I read somewhere that they were very good at fighting yeast in the GI tract, but don't take that to the bank. I love just scooping it out and eating it with a spoon. It is a good food with good fats. If it is a food I can tolerate, heaven knows I need to eat it. There are so many other fruits and veggies I can't tolerate. I don't really like it any other way besides plain.

diagnosed 1/09 with colitis,54 yo, colazal, fish oil, synthroid, cymbalta


FitzyK23
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   Posted 5/4/2009 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Twice now I have ended up vomitting in the middle of the night from eating something with sliced avacado on it. Once, I ended up in the hospital. I don't know if this is a coincidence. I'll still eat guac once and a while but I am afraid to eat avacados straight up again.
27 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 take xanax prn for situational anxiety (aka no easy bathroom access). 


AlliUC
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   Posted 5/5/2009 12:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been eating a little bit of avocado over the last few weeks. I have just sliced it and eaten it raw with my colon friendly burger patties!
I have not tried guac because I am not to touch onions or anything green and leafy - I usually eat avocado, tomato, cilantro, and onions salad weekly.

Another way I eat avocado that might be okay, is after a short grilling. When I am healthy I put some cooked onion, mushroom, salt pepper and herbs in place of the pit on a quartered avocado. I would then put a slice of tomato and a piece of cheese and put it on the grill for 20 mins. Makes it melt in your mouth.

Thanks to your post, I will try some grilled avocado with a little sprinkled cheese. You gave me something to look forward to! Thanks.
Female, 41

2009/03/03 - ulcerative colitis - Pancolitis
1995/09/15 - proctitis (during pregnancy, just months after I quit smoking)

Prednisone Mar 5/09 60 mg - taper by 5 mg every 4 days starting April 17/09
Salofalk enemas = 5-aminosalicylic acid (mesalamine) added March 24/09
Mezavant 4.8 g daily (mesalazine) added April 29/09


princesa
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   Posted 5/5/2009 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry I was so slow to respond... things have been crazy here at work.
 
Looks like you've gotten some good answers. Here are some links for more good news on avacadoes:
 
 
 
http://www.living-foods.com/articles/avocadoarticle.html
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 


fruitgirl
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   Posted 5/5/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! :)
Also, glad I could make so many people happy with my experience with avocado! Nothing that I put in my guacamole (onion, garlic, cilantro, cumin, lime juice, salt, and sometimes tomato) bothers me, and I don't blend mine. I just mash the avocado with my potato masher, and chop the onion, garlic, and cilantro. I like my guacamole chunky!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Eased for ~3 weeks in December, possibly b/c of probiotic use?
Returned in January 2009 (with a vengeance), diagnosed with pancolitis on January 30.
Currently taking Asacol (400mg 4 pills 3x daily), Rowasa nightly, Culturelle probiotic, and Zoloft (25 mg).


princesa
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   Posted 5/5/2009 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband's half Hispanic and makes the best guacamole. Mmmm...
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.
 
 

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