A new study has discovered a possible natural treatment for Crohns disease - conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
A new study has discovered a possible natural treatment for Crohn’s disease— conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).
The study, published in Clinical Nutrition, documented a marked improvement in disease activity and quality of life in half of the patients taking CLA supplements, and the CLA supplements were well tolerated by all of the patients in the study.
The researchers hope to verify their findings in upcoming randomized controlled trials. At the moment, however, this study’s results are very encouraging.
What is Crohn’s disease?
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the gastrointestinal tract. It is one of the two main manifestations of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), with the other being ulcerative colitis.
Sufferers of Crohn’s disease can experience debilitating symptoms such as abdominal pain and upset, fatigue, weight loss, mouth ulcers, and joint pain. Although the disease is relatively widespread (1.4 million people in the US alone have IBS), Crohn’s disease isn’t well understood, and there is no cure.
What is CLA?
CLA is an acid naturally found in certain foods, such as dairy, grass fed beef (which has higher levels than non-grass fed beef), and even mushrooms, and has been studied for possible anticancer and immune-boosting effects.
It has been marketed for aiding in weight loss, although more evidence is needed to rate its effectiveness. Side effects of taking CLA have been reported, and anyone considering supplementing with CLA should first consult a health care practitioner, especially if they have health conditions or are taking any medications.
Other supplements for Crohn’s disease
Probiotics, vitamin D, and fish oil supplements have been suggested as natural treatments for Crohn’s disease. These can all be found at your local health food store.