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Do probiotics help if you have ulcerative colitis?

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Some researchers, as well as people with inflammatory bowel disease, think probiotics help ease symptoms. But only certain probiotics will treat ulcerative colitis. In European studies, the probiotic E. coli Nissle helped prevent UC flares, but it isn't available in the U.S. Other studies are testing different probiotics to help control UC. If you and your doctor decide to try probiotics, you'll need to keep taking enough of the right kind for it to work.

SOURCES:

Fedorak, R.  , November 2010. Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Institute of Medicine: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D."

Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Calcium."

Bassaganya-Riera, J.  , Feb. 21, 2012. PLOS One

Science Daily: "New Probiotic Combats Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Science Daily: "Which Treatment is Effective in Maintaining Remission in Ulcerative Colitis: Probiotic or Placebo?"

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Fedorak, R.  , November 2010. Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Institute of Medicine: "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D."

Office of Dietary Supplements: "Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Calcium."

Bassaganya-Riera, J.  , Feb. 21, 2012. PLOS One

Science Daily: "New Probiotic Combats Inflammatory Bowel Disease."

Science Daily: "Which Treatment is Effective in Maintaining Remission in Ulcerative Colitis: Probiotic or Placebo?"

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 10, 2018

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