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   Posted 10/19/2007 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I was wondering if anyone has tried Psyllium seed powder (plantago ovata seeds) for their UC.  I have read some information that a trial was done which showed that it helped to maintain  remission in patients with UC.  The seeds help increase short chain fatty acids in the lining of the colon, which patients with UC may lack.  It would be great to hear from people with any experience with the seeds.  Thank you.
Red plum

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   Posted 10/19/2007 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I did take psyllium years ago when I was dealing with IBS (or what we thought was IBS).  It did seem to work though, quite well.  Now that you mention it, I might pick some up and see how it does with my system now.  Pretty inexpensive pills too, 10 dollars a bottle from what I remember from GNC.  If I remember to pick them up, I'll let you know the outcome (if I remember to do that as well).

---Nathan---  31 yr old male
Diagnosed May 2006 w/severe UC
Currently in mild/moderate flare
2 400mg Asacol 4X day
20 mg Prednisone
1 multivitamin/day
2 grams calcium/day
75mg Imuran/day
100mg Tramadol/day for abdominal pain (as needed)
1 Fioricet ever 4 hrs as needed for severe migraines

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   Posted 10/19/2007 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
UCreallySUCKS :)

Fibre is beneficial for both IBS and IBD, it's important to play around to getting the right amount that works for each individual as some may need more than others.

Also, some people such as myself do suffer with both IBS and IBD so it comes in really handy, which is why my GI told me to take fibre supplements daily for the rest of my life and it's been very helpful with both my crohns-colitis and IBS.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 10/19/2007 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
To be clear: this is pysllium SEED powder. The stuff you can buy at GNC etc is Psyllium HUSK powder.

The SEEDS is what you want if you're interested in this study's results.

I can give you a resounding YES YOU SHOULD to adding psyllium seed to your diet. It really helped me get into remission, and there's a study to prove its benefit to UC.

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

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   Posted 10/21/2007 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you responding. What brand did you buy? I went to the Whole Foods market next to my house; however they did not have the seed powder itself. They had it in combination with the husks. I only want to start with the seed powder. Thank you for any input you may have.


Red Plum

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   Posted 10/22/2007 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   

I was listening to a television article about the dietary benefits of Salba (no reference to IBD).  I wonder if it might have similar benefits since they were saying it is high in Omega-3s which reduces inflammatory conditions.  Definitely I will pen in Psyllium Seeds on my next trip to the health food store.





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