Patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease often respond favorably to omega-3 fish oils or to a diet that eliminates wheat or dairy products. In a new study, high doses of vitamin B1 (thiamin) also led to significant improvements in patients.
Antonio Costantini, MD, of the Catholic University of Rome, Italy treated eight patients with ulcerative colitis and four with Crohn’s disease, all of whom were suffering from fatigue. The patients were rated on a test used to measure Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and their blood levels of vitamin B1 were found to be normal.
Still, Costantini provided the patients with oral thiamine supplements, with dosages ranging from 600 mg to 1,500 mg daily, depending on weight (132 pounds to 198 pounds).
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