Sunflower seeds and UC?

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   Posted 8/14/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
It has been mentioned here that some people feel sunflower seeds help their UC and I was wondering why?

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   Posted 8/14/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
They are high in minerals, such as magnesium and potasium, and vitamins, such as Vitamin A and E. Other nuts and seeds are also high in these. I usually try to eat a variety of nuts and seeds, including sunflower butter. Almonds contain even higher amounts of magnesium, and they are also high in calcium, which is good if you aren't getting enough diary. You can find a mineral and vitamin chart for nuts and seeds at
Joy - 47 yrs and counting; Dx Colitis Dec 06 (also had IBS); Currently in remission

Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, Vitamins, Lexapro (for stress).

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   Posted 8/15/2009 12:56 AM (GMT -6)   
This pretty much covers it all....
*Heather* Status: ...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~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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   Posted 8/15/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I've heard some have tried sunflower seeds & spinach, I'm in remission now but will give them a try. It can't be bad for you, can it?

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 8/15/2009 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
1952crp, there shouldn't be any harm in giving it a try.

Like anything new, start small for a few days and see how you feel. As it is, the diet doesn't need you to eat large amounts of these but to just add them into your normal diet. A couple of handfuls of sunflower seed or a few tbsps of sunflower butter, and 1/2 a can - 1 can spinach a day, seem to work well. Some people with IBS prefer the sunbutter over the seeds, and some people prefer fresh spinach to canned. You just need to try them and see what works best for you.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Canasa/Mesacol suppository occasionally

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