Any Fellow UC’ers Taking Probiotics or Vitamins?

HEY Colitis People,

I was watching the tube the other day and saw a commerical for a Pro-biotic capsuel made by Phillips…
Has anyone tried this….. are the legit? Or do they have bad afffects?? Im thinking about giving them a try, I haven’t tried the self-made yogurt either….. I may buy the machine sometime, but just haven’t gotten around too it?  Has the yogurt helped??? Also what kind of vitamins you peeps taking, I take a vitamin D pill(1000iu) and a Centrum Silver(Mature) vitamin everyday..
I was told by my GI Doc to take the mature version, even though I am only 20 years old….
Today marks 6th months since I had my colonoscopy and being diagnosed with UC! I’ve been on the UC diet since the beginning of FEB!!, HOPEFULY I CONTINUE TO GET BETTER!! IT’S BEEN A LONG JOURNEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY..
Thanks!

JD

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7 Responses to Any Fellow UC’ers Taking Probiotics or Vitamins?

  1. Kristin July 21, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    I’m a big supporter of probiotics, BUT you have to find the right formulation for you. I’ve tried at least 5 different kinds, from drugstore to VERY EXPENSIVE, and finally found the one that works best for me and my UC. I’m on meds, but when I was off them, these probiotics made a big difference fast. I like Nature’s Bounty– this one to be exact: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001GAOGKS/ref=rcx_subs_dp.

    I take 3 in the morning with my breakfast and Apriso, and I’m set for the day. They calm my stomach, regulate my digestion, solidify my stool. I do not travel without them, I don’t skip them, and I pop an extra one if I need it before bed (helps me stay asleep all night, woohoo!). I like this brand because it’s inexpensive and it actually works. I’ve tried other probiotics that had not affect on my stomach, and even one brand that made me feel a lot worse. I can’t say for sure that this will help everyone with UC, but it’s worth a try. I started out buying this brand at the supermarket, but switched to Amazon because they carry the formulation with more bacteria in it and they’re a lot cheaper via Amazon. Plus I set up auto-shipping so they send me more every two months and I’m set.

    Give it a shot and see if it helps… it’s been a lifesaver for me when my UC was at its worst!

  2. tylotyler July 21, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Centrum gets horrible ratings as well as alot of other popular vitamin brands. Source naturals has some very good vitamins. I now take a whole food vitamin because it is scd legal.

  3. Mel July 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    I tend to buy Quest vitamins…multi, zinc, Vit C and D. I also take UDOs oil which is amazing. I make my own yoghurt which i HIGHLY recommend. If you buy a yoghurt maker it’s super easy and actually cheaper than buying and loaded with probiotics.

    As far as I know, the only decent pill format probiotics are Natren (highly researched and recommended by Jini Patel) and HMF Forte (my naturopath gave me these). But i still think natural probiotic in yoghurt is best.

    Good luck!

    • Anna July 26, 2011 at 8:47 am #

      Can you make it dairy-free? How much was the yoghurt maker?

      Thanks!

  4. Ashley July 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    I’ve tried the Probiotics by Phillips :) I started taking them about 2 years ago. I was in remission and my insurance was canceled because I had lost my job at the time. So I called my doctors office to see if they recommended anything I could do to help stay in remission or at least out of the bathroom a lot and they said to try probiotics. Needless to say I tried Phillips and I honestly love it. The only bad thing I can say about them is sometimes I don’t go everyday. Which is better than going 10X a day. My little sister, who’s 18, has the opposite problem and is constipated all the time and she takes them now and never has problems going anymore.

    I recommend them :) I hope they work out just as well for you if you do decide to try them!

  5. histamine July 22, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    I take GI Prohealth multivitamins (3 a day, not the recommended 6…), I also use their probiotics (Scdofilus 10+, 2 a day). Also, Vit D bought at Costco(2,000 U.I.) and fish oil (Nutrasea HP by Ascenta, 6 caps per day) and iron pills.

  6. Lissie July 29, 2011 at 7:17 pm #

    It’s been 3 years since I was diagnosed with UC, and last year I tried a pro-biotic. Unfortunately, it did very little. I felt great the entire week, but then every Friday I would have horrible stomach cramps and painful stools. I thought it was probably the pro-biotic, so I skipped it the next week and was fine! Pretty strange how that works, huh? Haha. I’m now taking folic acid, vitamin D, a multivitamin, Asacol and Prilosec. I take all of these everyday. I take 2 Asacol and 1 Prilosec every morning, then 2 Asacol, 2 folic acid, a vitamin D and multivitamin every night.
    Us IBD patients are at risk for anemia (I’m a victim, but IV therapy fixed me up pretty quickly haha), and so daily multivitamins are always a good choice. Just talk to your doctor!

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