Some supplements have been shown to help with ulcerative colitis symptoms.Getty Images
Healthy eating is key to feeling healthy. But when you're struggling with abdominal cramping and pain from an ulcerative colitis flare-up, making nutritious choices isn’t always that simple.
If you limit the foods you consume to avoid flares, your diet may be lacking certain nutrients. During a flare-up, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and interference with the absorption of nutrients may also lead to deficiencies. Furthermore, some common medications for ulcerative colitis can deplete your vitamin and mineral levels, says Amar Naik, MD, an assistant professor and gastroenterologist at Loyola Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. These factors leave many people with ulcerative colitis searching for a magic bullet to make up the difference.
“Nutritional supplements can play a role in helping you feel better and managing your symptoms,” says . However, it's very important to work with your doctor or nutritionist before changing your diet or trying herbal remedies for ulcerative colitis. Nutritional management and herb use are more likely to be helpful for ulcerative colitis when used in conjunction with traditional medication, she explains.