IAC - You say you've only tried mesalamines, and that you get out of flares by taking antibiotics.
So, not sure what: "I cannot tolerate meds ..." is all about!
Yes I have escaped flares with antibiotics, and the last time I used antibiotics was during my last flare three years ago. Since that time I have remained in remission by monitoring my diet and taking supplements such as curcumin and black cumin seed oil. No meds at all.
If you are trying to say that I might be able to tolerate meds STRONGER than mesalamines then maybe that is true. But as I said more than once, I will NEVER knowingly cripple my immune system by taking a biologic to manage a flare. If immunosuppressants turn out to be necessary then I would instead elect surgery to remove my colon. But that is just me. I would never advise anyone against biologics if that is the only way they can manage their disease.
Quoting form a vitamin sales magazine (LifeExtension), though it purports to have 'science based' articles, could mislead people.
Uniform Charlie said...
Yes Ambling there seems to be a trend lately of quoting vitamin sales websites as some sort of scientific source.
I chose an article from Life Extension
magazine because, unlike the abstract posted by the OP, the article was more easily READABLE. But if you guys prefer references from more professional publications then how about
this study published in the PUBMED.GOV database which is maintained by The United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=cumin+ulcerative+colitisProtective effects of black cumin (Nigella sativa) oil on TNBS-induced experimental colitis in rats.
We found that black cumin oil decreased the proinflammatory cytokines, lactate dehydrogenase, triglyceride, and cholesterol, which were increased in colitis.
BCO, by preventing inflammatory status in the blood, partly protected colonic tissue against experimental ulcerative colitis.