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Vitamins and Crohns How to Select the Right Supplements

One of the best ways to maintain a healthy body and avoid malnutrition is to ensure adequate vitamin and crohns supplement treatment.  Many studies that have been conducted on crohn’s sufferers have found that the vast majority of those with crohn’s are generally deficient in vitamins A, B, C, D and E.  The natural deficiency of these vitamins is likely due to dietary restrictions, medications, and poor nutrient absorption. 

Vitamin A – Vitamin A is necessary for a healthy normal immune system function, which is required to maintain a healthy mucous membrane.  The skin and mucosal cells that line the digestive tract, urinary tract and airways, create a barrier and are the body’s initial defence against infection.  Vitamin A also plays a vital role in immune response and in the proper function of the adrenal glands which control the way we respond to stress. 

Vitamin B9 – B9, also known as folic acid or folate, is vital for the production of nucleic acids, proteins that are essential in cell reproduction and separation.
It is thought that a folate deficiency may cause high levels of the amino acid homocysteine, which is believed to play a role in the development of some chronic illnesses.  In addition, B9 vitamin and crohns deficiency can cause intestinal damage and trigger diarrhea.

Vitamin C – Vitamin C is needed to convert folate into folinic acid (its active form).  It is also an essential requirement for the formation of collagen, which the body needs for proper growth, maintenance and development.   When taken with bioflavonoids (a vitamin-like nutrient that helps the body to absorb vitamin C), vitamin C can help alleviate inflammation and may even help prevent the formation of fistulas in crohn’s sufferers.

Vitamin D – Vitamin D is essential for maintaining healthy bones and cartilage and helps the body absorb calcium.  Many crohn’s sufferers experience bone loss.  Adding the D vitamin and crohns calcium supplement can improve bone mineral density, and help prevent and control the development of osteoporosis and osteopenia.

Vitamin E – Vitamin E is primarily an antioxidant.  This means it helps protect tissues and cells from the damaging effects of oxidation, which can lead to the formation of many diseases. Vitamin E, in particular, has been found to prevent scarring that can occur from crohn’s disease.

How are vitamins taken?  Most vitamins and mineral supplements are available in caplet, tablet, chewable tablet, and powder form. 

Remember to read all instructions concerning recommended dosages before taking vitamins.  Also, be sure to consult your health care provider about the vitamins for crohn’s treatment you are interested in, or intend to use, prior to taking them.

How to choose quality vitamin and crohns supplements – Not all vitamin supplements are the same, so you should never make the assumption that all products on the market are made with identical ingredients and will provide you with equal nutrients.   To ensure a quality vitamin product keep the following in mind:

• The ingredients used should be all or primarily from organic sources
• Artificial ingredients should not have been part of the manufacturing process.
• Nutrients should have been tested for contamination and toxic substances
• If you have certain food sensitivities make sure that ingredients such as wheat, corn and yeast are not listed in the ingredients.
• All vitamin supplements should have an expiration date
• There is no regulation of vitamin supplements.  This means the dosage claim noted on the label may not be the same as what actually exists within each pill, tablet, etc.  Therefore, it is in your best interest to get in touch with the lab that produces the particular vitamin supplement to find out how their products are tested.  A reputable supplement producing lab will answer all of your questions.

Finally, keep in mind that the best way to obtain quality vitamin and crohns treatment is through your health care provider.

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