Does Fish Oil help?

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NIcepeter
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   Posted 10/6/2007 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi folks:
                I am thinking to start fish oil to reduce my inflammation. Anyone benefitted from it? Please share your experience. Thanks you.                          Peter
 
Ulcerative colitis It has been suggested that effects of omega-3 fatty acids on inflammation may be beneficial in patients with ulcerative colitis when added to standard therapy, and several studies have been conducted in this area. Better research is necessary before a clear conclusion can be drawn.ION>

nsg121
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   Posted 10/6/2007 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey,
 
   I personally think Fish Oil helps, depends on the brand I guess.  I took it as a mean's of keeping myself in remission and it was my only medication.  I was able to go into remission for about 18 months but have been having a flare since then and now taking Methotrexate to put it back into remission.  I used vital choices fish oils and they seemed to work the best.  Hope this helps!!
 
~Nsg

Indeterminate IBD - 2003

Medications:  Methotrexate Injections 25mg weekly


NIcepeter
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   Posted 10/6/2007 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you NSg. Anybody else has some suggest? Thanks. Peter

pb4
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   Posted 10/6/2007 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
It helps but usually it's not one thing alone that is enough so I take it in combination with some other things...fish oils are a known anti-inflammatory, I take omegas 3-6-9 and vitamin A.

Our bodies don't produce omegas 3-6-9 so if you don't eat fish on a regular basis then taking a supplement is a good idea.


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BigLucy
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   Posted 10/6/2007 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Been taking it for years, b/c I don't eat that much fish, hard time eating much of anything. Someone recommended--Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Purified Fish Oil--b/c it's manufactured in Norway where they have strict rules against environmental pollutants (have to be very careful when it comes to fish). Does it work? Who knows? I take a lot of stuff, who knows what one thing does over the other or a combination.
Dx Ulcerative Colitis 1999; IBS; CP: Asacol x3 x3/day, Rowasa, Proctofoam, Prilosec, Bentyl, Prozac, Endocet (as needed), multi vit, probiotic, fish oil caps x2/day, calcium 1200 mg./day, Prednisone (off/on, unfortunately).


pb4
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   Posted 10/6/2007 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Which is why it's important to add one thing at a time to see what (if any) benefit you get from each thing otherwise it's wasteful time and money.

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Burli
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   Posted 10/7/2007 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4,
you say add only one thing at a time to see the benefit but that's not easy for some

I may not be the only one but here is what I think it's like for many...
1. When in remission they have no symptoms so anything taken wouldn't show benefits
2. When starting a flare they go to the doctor and get prescription medications; they don't head to Wal-mart or the local health store for fish oil or bee propolis
3. If they did buy something natural in the early stages of a flare then since they're already taking the various prescription meds how can they possibly determine if any natural stuff is helping?
 


AKB
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   Posted 10/7/2007 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
i posted a study a while back-- if you want fish oil to POSSIBLY help your UC, you must buy enteric coated-- so it will dissolve in your intestines. The study said that fish oil was otherwise useless without it (enteric coating), and only possibly effective with it.
Dx:

Left-sided UC, Jun 2005. Flex-sig only... clear for first 20cms, then inflamed through next 30cms.

Therapies:

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


pb4
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   Posted 10/7/2007 11:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Burli :)

1) when in remission people should still continue taking things to help keep them their, especially probiotics and bee products (if it works for them) and fish oils, and fibre therapy...it would be silly in my opinion to stop taking any (or all) of the above mentioned for anyone in remission since those things mentioned above would still continue to do good things for a person, like keeping a healthy gut flora to possibly lessen the risk of another flare, and so on.

2) Not everyone can tolerate oral RX (like myself for example)

3) Natural things like I mentioned in number 1), should be continued even while in remission in the hopes of keeping oneself in remission and such. Not to mention, some of the oral RX like asacol and such are from my understanding meant to be continued even during remission as maintenance therapy.

So I really don't see your points.

My point of making the statement of adding one new thing at a time, refers to natural therapy, there are so many and different things work for different people, some have success with colostrum and some don't, that's why I say adding one new thing (as far as the natural route goes) at a time is a much better way of knowing what is helping or not.

And AKB, colitis or not, fish oils are essential for good health and help with all kinds of inflammation, not just UC and since many suffer with extraintestinal manifestations due to UC like arthritis, iri***, and other inflammatory problems, it's a good idea to take fish oils rather then not....it's also excellent for the brain as well.


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princesa
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   Posted 10/8/2007 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Plenty of info about the use of omega 3 oils - both fish and flax - to treat the inflammation of IBD in the book The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999
C-scope confirmed UC diagnosis 9/18/2007
No explanation for right side pain and thickening of bowel wall
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine, back on a pred taper for first flare in years
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal.
 
 


redplum
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   Posted 10/10/2007 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with AKB. I went to a CCFA patient symposium last spring in LA, and a GI from Canada had given a seminar about natural remedies to aid in maintainence of UC. He had mentioned that fish oil has to be taken in enteric coated capsules to be useful for us. Does anyone have any brands in mind? I just bought the Natures Way Fisol capsules. However, I still need to try them. They cost so much less than other brands. But this was the only enteric coated ones that the Whole Foods next to my house had.
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