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    Hi

    I have Crohn's disease, an inflamation of the bowels that affects digestion.

    I had an excessive acid problem (i.e. I was vomiting acid most evenings), for about 18 months that I was able to control after supplementing with about 3 grams of l-glutamine. This was excellent as every conventonal med had made me worse.

    However, now my bloodworks show that my albumin levels are low and I need to raise this. I have no idea what albumin is specifcally- the doctor uses it as a measure of how much protein I have in my system.

    Any suggestions would be greatly recieved

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    "Albumin (Latin: albus, white) refers generally to any protein with water solubility, which is moderately soluble in concentrated salt solutions, and experiences heat coagulation (protein denaturation). Substances containing albumin, such as egg white, are called albuminoids. The most wellknown types of albumin is the serum albumin in the blood, but there is also the storage protein ovalbumin in egg white, and different storage albumins in the seeds of some plants. Serum albumin is the most abundant blood plasma protein and is produced in the liver and forms a large proportion of all plasma protein. The human version is human serum albumin, and it normally constitutes about 60% of human plasma protein; all other proteins present in blood plasma are referred to collectively as globulins."
    Taken from wikipedia.

    This is probably something you should sheek professional advice about mate, i personally have little knowledge on your condition.

    Egg whites are a good source of this type of protein as far as i know.
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    Thanks

    I will be taking this up with my specialist, but my experience with them is that they often just look at prescribing strong medication rather than supplements.

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    Originally Posted by philjones2000
    Thanks

    I will be taking this up with my specialist, but my experience with them is that they often just look at prescribing strong medication rather than supplements.

    Phil
    I'm completely with you on this comment mate - even when i went to the 'specialist' at the hospital for my as yet undiagnosed gut problem (gut cramps, diarrhea, poor digestion of food), all they wanted to do was keep giving me medications, which:

    a) Did **** all - in fact the acid-blockers made things worse

    b) Cost me alot of time and money.

    I cut out all allergens in my diet, use glutamine, probiotics, and digestive enzymes (yes, adding acidity to my meals actually IMPROVED my condition)

    You might be better off requesting an NHS nutritionist instead, or going to one off your own back privately. I found dietary alterations, not medicines made the most difference for me, although i dont think i have Chrons. Its much harder to change your diet than pop pills, but the benefits are worth it.

    One of my training partners has Chrons, and they kept putting him on stronger and stronger steroidal meds that made bloat out and made him feel weird. After a year or so of this and no improvements, he turned around to them and politely told them to get ****ed. He went to a dietician, switched to a quite bland, but very effective diet, and has made substantial improvements in his condition. Im not saying you should do this, but my point is that medications arent always the only way.

    I agree, l-glutamine is a great gut restorer. Probiotics may also help to ease the inflamation of your intestine.
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    Hi Phil,

    I suffer from crohn's too and looking for things to help.

    How are you getting on? What have you found that works for you? What supplement do you take?

    I take Fish Oils, Probiotics, Protein shakes (and at my last Bloods my albumin was a healthy 44 - ??? what ever that means - atleast healthy). I also take extra Vit C, Vit E, as well as a multivitamin tab.

    Do you still take the L Glutamine? If so which one and does it make a big defference.
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    I'd second the experiences with the NHS re diagnosis and treatments. I've got Ulcerative Colitis, and due to ineptitude nearly lost my colon aged 22. I've been clear of symptoms for about 10 years...no thanks to the medical profession.

    Unfortunately you just have to research for yourself, to find nutritional studies etc.
    I don't know about Crohns, but I can't go without L-glutamine, probiotics and a diet high in fruit and veg, otherwise the symptoms start to slowly reappear. I also don't like going without that midget mckeith's 'living energy' powder, as I'm better when taking it. I would imagine the high enzyme content is what helps re my condition.

    I hope you get it sorted phil.

    one last thing - have you tried increasing your dose of L-glutamine? It's a different condition you have I know, but I take between 15 - 50 gms daily. Back when I was symptomatic with the colitis, I used to become overtrained very easily(intense fatigue/upper respiratory tract infections etc)...when I started taking L-glutamine the effect was very pronounced in that it would allow me to train near normal.

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