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Cathy Wong, ND

Glutathione: A Natural Solution for Colitis?

By November 14, 2012

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A type of inflammatory bowel disease, colitis affects about 1.4 million Americans. In an effort to ease colitis symptoms, some patients turn to glutathione (a substance made up of the amino acids cysteine, glycine, and glutamate). Known to offer antioxidant effects, glutathione is widely available in supplement form.

Although research on the use of glutathione in treatment of colitis is very limited, there's some evidence that it may be of some benefit to colitis patients. For example, animal-based research indicates that glutathione may improve colitis-induced damage to the colon.

A number of other natural remedies show promise in the treatment of colitis. In preliminary studies, for instance, supplements such as probiotics, boswellia, bromelain, and omega-3 fatty acids have been found to improve colitis symptoms. In addition, undergoing acupuncture may be of some benefit to colitis patients. Read the article: Glutathione - What You Need to Know.

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