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Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory condition that usually affects the final part of the small intestine and the beginning section of the large intestine. It often causes bloody stools and mal-absorption problems. The most common symptoms include chronic diarrhea with abdominal pain, fever, loss of appetite, weight loss, and a sense of fullness in the abdomen. The cause of Crohn’s is not fully understood. The management of this condition requires a trained clinical nutritionist or medical practitioner, as individual food sensitivities may play a role in aggravating the condition.

Supplement Considerations

Digestive Enzymes and Prebiotics
Digestive enzymes and probiotics should contain a full complement of digestive enzymes as well as prebiotics, which together support the function of the small and large intestine. Digestive enzymes help to fully break down food after each meal, preventing the build up of irritants in the gut. Prebiotics promote the growth of friendly gut bacteria, which are important for the normal function of the large bowel as well as digestion, elimination and normal gut-immune function.

High Potency Multiple Vitamin and Mineral
A high potency multiple vitamin and mineral should contain dosages of nutrients required to repair the cells of the intestinal tract.

Essential Fatty Acids
An essential fatty acid should contain the perfect combination of essential fatty acids to enable the body to synthesize Prostaglandin Series 1 and Series 3, which reduce inflammation and slow down the rate of cell division. Both of these properties are important to the long-term management of inflammatory bowel diseases.

Glucosamine and Anti-Inflammatory Agents
A glucosamine and anti-inflammatory agent should contain glucosamine sulfate, which has been shown in experimental studies to support the gut blood vessels, helping to reduce events associated with inflammatory bowel diseases. This supplement also contains natural anti-inflammatory agents that can help suppress the overall inflammatory process.

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