pb4, what do you mean flax helps with fiber? You mean if it has lignans in it?
There are no studies explicitly testing flaxseed oil and colitis that I am aware of (they may have slipped under my radar under the terms Essential Fatty Acids). However, I have had great improvements taking flax every day.
Fish oil has mixed result-- non enteric fish oil will do little to nothing for colitis. Enteric-coated MAY help, and I take it every day.
Both have loads of other benefits, not to mention calories. I also take coconut and olive oil daily and have been doing better lately than ever, so I know that at least in the short term, they don't hurt and possible help.
Left-sided UC, Jun 2005. Flex-sig only... clear for first 20cms, then inflamed through next 30cms.
Pharmaceutical: Pentasa 3G/day, hydrocort 1x every 7 days
Probiotics: Acidophilus Pearls, Primadophilus Bifidus
Naturals: Caprylic Acid, Methylated B-12, Vit ACDE, Zinc (w/copper), Selenium, Turmeric, Bromelain, Luteolin
Killer Foods: Soda, Fried Food (especially french fries!), Beer, Red Wine, Pepperoncinis