Although it seems reasonable that a specialized diet might benefit patients with ulcerative colitis, there is actually no evidence to support treatment with dietary modification. Therefore, during flare-ups, patients should continue to eat what they can tolerate.
Despite extensive research, no diet has been found to slow progression of the disease, or to treat or cure the disease. It is recommended that patients stay on a balanced, healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, lean meats, beans, fish, eggs, and nuts.
The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America recommends a bland diet with soft food during a flare including hot cereals, boiled eggs, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, and canned or cooked vegetables to minimize discomfort.
Ulcerative colitis , inflammation of the large intestine ( colon ), especially of its mucous membranes, characterized by patches of tiny ulcers in the inflamed membranese. The most common symptoms of ulcerative colitis are bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain. Other symptoms include fatigue, weight loss, and loss of appetite. Ulcerative colitis tends to become chronic, with sustained fever and weight loss; complications and death may result. Specific causes, such as amebic or bacillary dysentery , are rarer than unknown or multiple causes. The condition is treated with sulfasalazine, corticosteroids, immunosuppressive drugs, antibiotics, or, in severe cases that cannot be controlled with medication, by surgical removal of part or all of the colon.
An in-depth analysis of all the studies evaluating curcumin’s ability to manage inflammatory bowel disease found that many patients were able to stop taking their prescribed corticosteroids because their condition improved so dramatically by taking curcumin. For many patients with ulcerative colitis, taking corticosteroids reduces their pain symptoms but damages the intestinal lining over time, which actually makes the condition worse. However, supplementing with curcumin did not have these side effects, and because of its anti-inflammatory properties, actually helped heal the gut and supported the growth of good bacteria.