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Should I take supplements if I have ulcerative colitis?

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If your doctor has recommended a low-fiber diet, you may miss out on the vitamins and minerals that are naturally in many high-fiber foods. Ask your doctor or dietitian if you should take a supplement.

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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