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What nutrients might you be missing if you have ulcerative colitis?

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People with UC need to be especially careful to get enough folate, iron, and potassium.

Folate helps prevent cancer and birth defects. Some 5-ASA medications such as sulfasalazine (Azulfidine) can make it harder for your body to absorb folate.

Blood loss due to inflammation and ulcers in the colon can cause low iron levels. A simple blood test can tell.

Diarrhea or taking steroids can cause low potassium and magnesium levels.

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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