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Are there benefits to gain from omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics in relation to Crohn's disease?

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Numerous studies using fish oil and flaxseed oil suggest an important role for good fats in the inflammatory response that characterizes IBD. The studies, though, are inconsistent on whether or not omega-3 fatty acids have a specific anti-inflammatory effect with IBD. If you want to add omega-3 fatty acid supplements to your diet, talk with your doctor first.

Other studies are just beginning to examine the possibility that probiotics or "good" bacteria may be beneficial in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. More studies are needed, though, to determine if these supplements can aid in healing the intestine in IBD.

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Diet and Nutrition."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Crohn's Disease."

USDA: "Diet and Disease."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Digestive Disorders."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 29, 2019

SOURCES:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America: "Diet and Nutrition."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Crohn's Disease."

USDA: "Diet and Disease."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Digestive Disorders."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 29, 2019

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