This table shows the Diverticulitis Nutrients:
|Bio-Bifidus from American Biologics
Kyo-Dophilus from Wakunaga
|As directed on label.
As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach.
|To replace flora in the small intestine, primarily to improve assimilation. For bowel flora replacement to improve elimination and assimilation.|
|Fiber (oat bran. psyllium, ground flaxseeds, and ABC Aerobic Bulk Cleanse from Aerobic Life Industries)||As directed on label. Take 1 hour before meals with a large glass of liquid. Take separately from other supplements and medications.||Helps prevent constipation. Prevents infection by preventing accumulation of wastes in pouches in the colon walls.|
Vitamin B complex
|100 mg of each major B vitamin 3 times daily (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary).||Needed for all enzyme systems in the body and for proper digestion. Diverticulitis Nutrients. Use a hypoallergenic formula.|
|Multienzyme complex with pancreatin||As directed on label. Take with meals.||Needed to break down proteins. Use a formula high in pancreatin.|
|Proteolytic enzymes||As directed on label. Take between meals.||Aids in digestion and reduces inflammation of the colon.|
|Essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil, primrose oil, salmon oil, or Kyolic-EPA from Wakunaga)||As directed on label 3 times daily, before meals.||Improves lymphatic function and aids in protecting the cells lining the wall of the colon.|
|Garlic (Kyolic from Wakunaga)||2 capsules 3 times daily. with meals.||Aids in digestion and destroys unwanted bacteria and parasites. Use a yeast-free formula.|
|Kyo-Green from Wakunaga||As directed on label.||Aids in normal bowel function.|
|500 mg twice daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption.||A major metabolic fuel for the intestinal cells: maintains the villi, the absorption surfaces of the gut.|
|100 mcg daily.||Deficiency has been linked to intestinal disorders. Diverticulitis Nutrients.|
|Free form amino acid (Amino Balance from Anabol Naturals)||As directed on label, on an empty stomach, 1/2 hour before meals. Diverticulitis Nutrients.||To supply protein. needed for healing and repair of tissue.|
|Raw thymus glandular||As directed on label.||Caution: Do not give this supplement to a child.|
|Vitamin A with mixed carotenoids||25,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily||Protects and heals the lining of the colon.|
|Vitamin C with bioflavonoids||3,000 – 8,000 mg daily, in divided doses.||Reduces inflammation and boosts immune response. Use a buffered form.|
|Vitamin E||A powerful antioxidant that protects the mucous membranes. Use d-alphatocopherol form.|
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❑ Alfalfa is a good natural source of vitamin K and valuable minerals, which are often deficient in people with intestinal disorders. It also contains chlorophyll, which aids healing. Take 2,000 milligrams daily in capsule or extract form.
❑ Aloe vera promotes the healing of inflamed areas. It also helps to prevent constipation. Drink 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice three times daily. It can be mixed with a cup of herbal tea if you wish.
❑ Pau d’arco has antibacterial, cleansing, and healing effects. Drink two cups of pau d’arco tea daily.
❑ Other herbs beneficial for diverticulitis include cayenne (capsicum), chamomile, goldenseal, papaya, red clover, slippery elm bark, and yarrow extract or tea. The fibrous inner bark of slippery elm contains large quantities of a gentle laxative that soothes the digestive tract while keeping things moving.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has declared slippery elm to be a safe and effective digestive soother. Prepare it like oatmeal, adding hot milk or water to the powdered bark to make a cereal. Capsules also are available.
Cautions: Do not use chamomile if you are allergic to ragweed. Do not use during pregnancy or nursing. It may interact with warfarin or cyclosporine, so patients using these drugs should avoid it.
Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time. Do not use it during pregnancy or if you are breast-feeding, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a doctor’s supervision.