Department of Theology, Zefat Academic College, Israel
Received date August 02, 2016; Accepted date August 29, 2016; Published date September 05, 2016
Citation: Gelbard A (2016) Folic Acid Treatment to Crohn's Disease. Primary Health Care 6:238. doi:10.4172/2167-1079.1000238
Copyright: © 2016 Gelbard A. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Crohn's disease; Folic acid; Folate; Treatment; Nutrition
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory disease in the gastrointestinal tract. It’s defined by inflammation spanning the entire depth of the intestinal wall and characterized by several illnesses derived from defects in food consumption resulting from this inflammation, also has several effects concerning stenosis throughout the digestive tract . Diet and lifestyle change is the main treatment; some foods like green vegetables are known to have a positive effect on the chronic status of the disease. Folic Acid is a substance found in nutrition. It is important for several bodily functions most notably of consumption of food and as an anti-inflammatory in the gastrointestinal tract . The symptoms of a condition called folate deficiency in which low levels of folic acid are observed are similar to several of the symptoms in Crohn’s disease. Studies have shown folate deficiency to not occur in every case of Crohn’s disease but be in correlation with the advancement stage and severity of the disease . Suboptimal Micronutrient intakes, most notably folate, were found in dietary research of Crohn Patients . Crohn patients who were treated with dietary folate intake reportedly “all...showed striking subjective improvement, increased appetite, and gain in weight” . To conclude, Crohn’s disease, while not objectively a form of folate deficiency, could possibly derive from insufficient folate nutrition and possibly be treated by dietary intake of folic acid, through nutrition or food supplementation. Further research of Folate Acid treatment for Crohn’s Disease is therefore recommended.
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