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If I have Crohn's disease, should I eat foods that are high in vitamins or take supplements?

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Almost any diet expert will tell you it's better to get vitamins and minerals from foods than from a pill.

For some people with Crohn's disease, that's not possible. Certain healthy foods, like high-fiber nuts and seeds, may trigger their symptoms.

Crohn's, especially when it's active, can make your body work harder. You may need more calories and nutrients than other people. In these cases, vitamin supplements can help fill the gaps.

If you think you're lactose intolerant and can’t digest dairy, ask your doctor to test you for it. You may be able to enjoy dairy foods if you take lactase pills.

From: Vitamins for Crohn's Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

ASPEN Nutrition Support Patient Education Manual: "Nutrition and Crohn's Disease."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "What Are the Complications of Crohn's Disease?"

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)," "Diet and Nutrition."

Medscape: "Vitamin D Intake Associated with Reduced Risk of Crohn's Disease."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Ulcerative Colitis."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 10, 2018

SOURCES:

ASPEN Nutrition Support Patient Education Manual: "Nutrition and Crohn's Disease."

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "What Are the Complications of Crohn's Disease?"

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America: "Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)," "Diet and Nutrition."

Medscape: "Vitamin D Intake Associated with Reduced Risk of Crohn's Disease."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: "Ulcerative Colitis."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 10, 2018

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