Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects more than 600,000 Americans every year. The resulting inflammation of the intestine can cause stomach cramps and pain, diarrhea, weight loss and intestinal bleeding. Both the cause and cure for IBD are unknown at present.

Crohn’s Disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) are the two most common forms of IBD. Since both conditions have very similar symptoms, medical tests are required for an accurate diagnosis.

Both CD and UC are usually treated with anti-inflammatory medications, which often have serious side effects. However, recent studies have shown that natural anti-inflammatory fish oils high in EPA and DHA are effective and safe in reducing the severity of inflammation and providing relief of IBD symptoms.

Avoiding specific upsetting foods such as spicy dishes, raw fruits and vegetables and high lactose dairy products is highly recommended. Because of these dietary restrictions and the resulting loss of essential nutrients, it’s also important for IBD sufferers to supplement their diet with high quality full spectrum food supplements.

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