Real Extra Virgin Olive Oil Is Helping My Ulcerative Colitis



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Introduction:

I’m Graham from South East England, 40 years old and diagnosed with proctitis then UC over 10 years ago. I didn’t make the connection at the time but this illness made itself known to me shortly after quitting smoking. This story may sound hard to believe but I’ve had a massive breakthrough and I hope it works for you too…

Colitis Symptoms:

I am almost symptom free for a whole year and still pinching myself!

I Never Really Thought It Could Work But It Did:

I was lead to research by reading a tiny article in the newspaper, though being a UC sufferer for 10 years made me very skeptical and so I didn’t do anything with this information for 3 months! Until recently, smoking was the only thing that seemed to kept me well but 1 year ago I developed a nasty cough so decided to go with the articles advice.

I quit smoking and ever since have taken 3 daily table/desert spoons of extra virgin olive oil! If you check out this link:

http://www.uea.ac.uk/mac/comm/media/press/2010/may/oliveoilstudy

(it will explain in brief about the research undertaken by Dr Hart)

I used to smoke at least 4-5 a day, I gave up 4 or 5 times over 10 years but always resumed after 3-4 weeks when symptoms got so bad. Like many I am sure, I had become increasingly saddened by the lack of progress in treating UC and regularly frustrated by our NHS. So I resorted to doing my own internet based research, conducting my own crude trials.

In very simple terms I will explain the understanding of my Ulcerative Colitis and maybe why the olive oil seems to be so beneficial. Whenever I stopped smoking, I almost immediately felt bloated, suffered disgusting wind and within a few days would wake every morning with stomach pain. After 2 – 4 weeks the diarrhea/blood would start and I would have to resume smoking so that I could continue my driving job. During this period I noticed that in the first few days I had stopped going to the toilet (2’s) regularly and once the flare up really kicked in I then couldn’t stop going.

Some research says that smoking or nicotine produces mucus in the bowel, thus coating, lining and lubricating the bowel. This would also explain why removing nicotine seems to stop the regular “motions” and block everything. My longest success (previous to this one) lasted 6 weeks and was achieved using 15mg nicotine patches. At six weeks the symptoms were too much to tolerate and resumed smoking once again.

It has now been a whole year without any nicotine at all and no medication, just 3 table spoons of extra virgin olive oil per day. 1 first thing, 1 in the afternoon and 1 before bed. After all the previous attempts and the usual immediate problems, this level of progress was unthinkable to me. I have gained 20 pounds and no longer get called names associated with weight loss.

I am not suggesting this will cure me as I believe UC is always there and simply masked by smoking or other means of controlling the symptoms.

I know I have wandered off here slightly but that’s the short version of a long story which I sincerely hope will help others.

Where I’d like to be in 1 year:

Where I am now.

Colitis Medications:

If it also helps I have found that lactose free milk and a daily probiotic seem to help.

written by Graham

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509 Responses to Real Extra Virgin Olive Oil Is Helping My Ulcerative Colitis

  1. Graham from England
    graham lee July 13, 2014 at 4:25 am #

    Chad,

    The NHS is the UK’s “free at the point of use” health service.

    If your blood is mainly in the water and not so much mixed in the stool it may suggest your inflammation is toward the end of your colon. I believe this is where it mostly begins and then spreads further up. You may be better off with a suppository in this case should you want to try the medications to help you get on top of this.

    I did say not to try too much at once and this recommendation is well versed here. My inflammation is always toward the end of my colon and the Evoo works well, 3 times a day we’ll before food and last thing at night.

    I’m not an expert on diet, this is only something I’ve slowly progressed with recently. Alcohol is a well know antagonist and should be avoided, red meat is hard to digest though not everyone agrees with that. Raw foods can be healthy but I understand they should well cooked during a flare. Replace the vegetable oil’s which are also in many processed foods as these are inflammatory. Sugar and the hidden ones from refined carbs should be reduced. You still need fat so try and get this from fish, Evoo and other natural foods, I personally like grass fed butter (butyrate acid). Don’t be afraid to add good fats if you do drop the sugar and refined carbs as your body still needs fuel. Many here take a vitamin D supplement, this is standard for most inflammatory conditions.

    Demulcent foods help some during flares as the are more gentle on the digestive system. I don’t know much on the dairy/grains area though many of us are lactose intolerant and I have e benefited from using lactose free milk.

    Would anyone please feel free to add dietary advice to this….

  2. shelly in maine July 13, 2014 at 6:00 am #

    Chad…whoa…slow down…1 thing you will learn is that UC is a marathon NOT a sprint even though blood makes us panic. This is a life long venture that will teach you more about your body, being healthy, eating healthy, being your own dietician, Dr.,etc. Also, you will need a lot of patience. UC is different for everyone, but like Graham said there are some basics including diet…look into SCD lots of info from other on this site. The more natural the better. The other important thing that I should have commented sooner is like Graham said add as few things to try as possible at once, preferable 1 other wise you will not only know what doesn’t work, but also what does! Just because things are natural does not exclude them from having side effects..aloe for example can cause the same things you are trying to fix.

    So take a deep breath. Keep a journal of what you’ve tried and how long, bm’s, etc. You haven’t mentioned bm’s just bleeding? It is all very overwhelming, but you’ve come to the right place!

    Hang in there! Breathe and welcome to the road to better health! Shelly

  3. Graham from England
    graham lee July 13, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    Great comment from Bev and Shelly, thanks for the contributions and continued support!

    Think we forgot to mention Adam’s work on the importance of sleep and recovery. Most of this health stuff is common sense but rarely gets passed down, particularly in detached family’s of the western world!

    • bev July 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

      Gosh, yes Graham, that’s so right! Sleep, sleep, sleep. I too forget to mention that most important thing almost always.

      It does wonders.

      :)

  4. chad July 22, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

    I am currently trying una de gato. It’s supposedly a miracle herb from the amazon jungle. My wife is from Peru, and her mother brought me some when she came to visit. I’m taking it as a tea. We’ll see what happens…

  5. Graham from England
    graham lee August 31, 2014 at 12:29 am #

    Extensive article on Lipids in health… Phosphatidylcholine, Oleic Acid, Marine Fatty Acids..

    http://www.lipidworld.com/content/11/1/3

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