Natural Supplements Are Getting More Popular And There Is A Reason For It. Want To Know What It Is?
All natural herbal supplements. Which natural vitamin supplements are worth trying?
All natural herbal supplements were available for ages and even before medications came about. Many of these dietary supplements are pretty effective and have a safer side effect profile as compared to prescription medications.
Then why don’t we use natural supplements more?
You probably know the answer to that.
Traditional medications will work faster most of the time. Conventional pain medications, for example, are very effective and no one will argue that.
But some of them cause severe constipation, gastro intestinal side effects, stomach ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeds.
When you are in severe pain you will take a strong pain medication because you need to, regardless of the potential side effects.
I understand that very well and I empathize with anyone that is suffering with pain.
Before you reach for the pill box, give it another thought and really consider if there is anything else you can do to alleviate the pain, aside from the drugs, maybe not in the moment of excruciating pain, but possibly when you’re feeling a bit better.
Natural supplements or medications or both? What do you choose?
I know there is no magic bullet for Crohn’s disease and I realize that the natural supplements that I discuss may not be your panacea, but they are sure worth the try, especially if you are a Crohn’s patient on many traditional medications without complete relief.
You really have to consider changing your diet, quit smoking if you smoke, do some kind of light exercise regularly (Yoga is great, breathing exercise, meditation, etc.), work on stress reduction in your life, consider going to acupuncture therapy and, very importantly, consider taking natural supplements (many of them are safe to take with your current medications, but speak to your doctor first).
Natural supplements have been proven to be very beneficial in improving overall well being. So why don’t we use them more?
There are so many products on the market that are labeled natural products or natural vitamin supplements.
Yes, not all of them may give you the immediate results you’re looking for and you may feel a bit disappointed, or maybe even discouraged, but from my experience as a Crohn’s patient, a lot of the natural supplements work and some of them work very well.
Some natural herbal supplements may reduce inflammation and therefore reduce pain.
Some natural therapies will help with most gastro intestinal disorders. The benefit of these natural products is their less to non-existent side effect or adverse reaction profiles.
Unfortunately, not too many studies have been done on natural supplements and the result is a lack of information on their interactions with other supplements and conventional medications.
It’s only in recent years that natural supplements are getting more and more recognized by the public and, in a lesser degree, by conventionally trained doctors.
I am a conventionally trained pharmacist who is a great believer in natural supplements and alternative therapies.
I know about medications because I am a pharmacist and I also know my Crohn’s medications more personally because I am a Crohn’s patient.
Crohn’s medications are very effective, especially in emergency cases.
I tried most medications for Crohn’s. But, I want to share my experience with natural supplements because many of them worked for me without the side effects.
Natural Supplements That You Can Consider Trying:
- Vitamin C.
Vitamin C Benefits. Know your
Vitamin C Sources.
Vitamin C is the "king" of the natural vitamin supplements. It's one of those natural balance supplements. Vitamin C is a great immune system modulator (Crohn’s patients should look for immune system modulators rather than just immune system boosters because we have an over stimulated immune response to begin with). Looking for
best vitamin C? Look for Ester C type or Buffered type of Vitamin C. It does not irritate the stomach lining.
Selenium benefits. You may be surprised that there are so many benefits of selenium. But be careful with the dosages.
- Herbal Teas And and
Herbal teas are great for soothing gastric mucosa. Look for teas that are organic, natural and made by reputable companies. Teas like peppermint, chamomile, rose hip, tulsi, spearmint, passionflower, nettle leaf, St.John’s wort, ginger, and dandelion are all great choices. Again, everything is very individual, so you will have to figure out what works for you. Herbal teas worked for me. St.John's wort is one of the natural supplements for depression and for digestive disorders. Tulsi tea has so many benefits.
- B-Complex Vitamins.
Vitamin B-complex are the natural vitamin supplements that most patients with digestive diseases need. Lots of Crohn’s patients, especially women, have low levels of B vitamins, including vitamin B12. Taking a natural B-complex supplement on a daily basis can give you a little boost of energy. Don’t get scared if your urine turns bright yellow, these vitamins are excreted that way. Look for a high quality B-complex, otherwise most of it simply won’t get absorbed. Patients with an auto-immune disease like Crohn’s lack intrinsic factors which makes it very difficult to naturally absorb Vitamin B12. In these cases it’s a good idea to take a Vitamin B12 supplement, preferably sublingually.
- Vitamin D and
Vitamin D Supplements. There’s so much buzz about vitamin D these days. Yes, you absolutely need it for many healthy body functions. First, get your baseline levels of vitamin D checked with a reputable lab company. Oral capsules or tablets of vitamin D are not very well absorbed. I tried many different companies. Since we (Crohns patients) have a diminished level of intrinsic factor, we should try to get natural supplements in a liquid or sublingual form when possible. In the case of vitamin D, a sublingual spray is much better than the oral form like tablets, for example. But, the best way to absorb vitamin D is from natural sunlight. At least 15 minutes of direct sunlight daily over a large skin area.
Sources of Vitamin D Learn about food sources of vitamin D and other vitamin D sources.
Benefits of vitamin D All you need to know about vitamin D benefits and vitamin D overdose.
Vitamin K2. Learn all you need to know about vitamin K2 and its benefits.
Activated Charcoal. Activated charcoal doesn’t get into the blood stream. That means it doesn’t cause systemic side effects. It adsorbs toxins that may cause painful, smelly gas and flatus. Crohn’s patients are big sufferers of painful gas.
- Cats Claws or Una de Gato.
This is a great natural anti-inflammatory supplement. Look for high quality brands and from Peru if possible.
Glutathione This antioxidant is getting a lot of recognition for its many health benefits, including in Crohn’s disease.
- Milk thistle.
Milk thistle is added to most colon cleanses. It detoxifies the liver. It’s great for most sufferers with gastro intestinal problems.
- Fish oil.
Fish oil or Krill oil are natural balance supplements. Fish oil or Krill oil can work as an anti-inflammatory agents for Crohn’s disease or other digestive system diseases. Look for high quality brand with wild caught fish oils, such as wild caught cod liver oil or krill oil.
- Digestive enzymes.
Digestive enzymes are must haves for Crohn’s disease patients during flare ups (it makes it easier to absorb the food). Digestive enzymes are also a must have during trips when your regular diet is not available.
Probiotics. Probiotics are now beginning to get recognized by conventionally trained doctors. There are studies with proven benefits of probiotcs for Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis, IBS, Celiac disease, etc.
- Caprylic acid.
Caprylic acid is a natural supplement that works as a natural “antibiotic” to help the body cleanse itself from harmful bacteria and Candida. Look for great quality caprylic acid.
Psyllium will work for both diarrhea and constipation. You may call it a regulator, if you wish. It’s a bulking agent and it’s great for cleaning the intestines. Look for organic psyllium husks.
Spirulina is one of the natural balance supplements. Spirulina is a green dietary supplement that helps to improve stamina. It’s an easily absorbed protein. It has many vitamins and nutrients.
- Zeolite. Zeolite natural supplements are great detox products. They can be taken to help the body remove heavy metals, viruses and toxins. It seems to be pretty effective. Zeolite may work as an anti-inflammatory> It helps balance pH and may increase energy levels.
Tips On How To Choose A Great Quality Natural Vitamin Supplements:
- Read the active as well as inactive ingredients. The examples of unwanted ingredients are: artificial flavors, artificial colors, cellulose, gelatin, sugar substitute (but raw Stevia is OK), silica, magnesium stearate, etc.
- Pick a natural supplement from a reputable company. It may be more expensive. But it’s worth your investment. Many inexpensive products won’t be easily absorbed into your system, so it would be wasting your money.
- Ingredients of many natural vitamin supplements change very often. They get reformulated. If something worked for you before and it stopped working, read the label.
- Some of the natural vitamin supplements can only be taken for a short time. For example, natural supplements for immune system containing Echinacea should not be taken for more than 7-10 days. After about 14 days, it may cause the opposite effect and decrease the immune system’s response. I bet many of your natural supplements for cold or flu have Echinacea as one of the ingredients. And you didn’t know that you shouldn’t take it for more than 10 days. Make sure to ask a health professional if you can take your natural supplement for a long term.
- Just because something worked for your friend or your neighbor, doesn’t mean it will work for you. Many natural supplements are very effective yet very potent. Many of natural and homeopathic supplements are safer and have less drug interactions and side effects than traditional medications. But it’s best if they are recommended and monitored by a health professional.
- I like to choose all natural herbal supplements. Most companies say that there’s no difference between synthetically made vitamins. They say that your body won’t know the difference. But I like all natural herbal supplements. And I like them to be in liquid form whenever possible for best absorption.
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Start by taking only one product at a time when trying new natural products. Consult your doctor. Start from the lowest possible dose and titrate upwards slowly and gradually.
I really hope they work for you as they did for me.
Return to this page often, as I am constantly updating it with new natural product information.
I wish you great health!
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