Inflammatory Bowel Disease

It is now well known within the gastroenterology community that the make up of gut bacteria is abnormal in both Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. We also know that there is mild gut wall inflammation in many other GI conditions, but in IBD, it is the worst. The recent article by experienced researchers in the field outlines where we are and looks to the future to make significant improvements.

Manipulation of the Microbiota for Treatment of IBS and IBD-Challenges and Controversies

The question is whether fiber, especially prebiotic fibers, could be helpful in treating these disorders. The following article looks at the published research. We just don’t have any data on Crohns disease. There is some evidence that fiber may be helpful in Ulcerative Colitis. There is no evidence that fiber is harmful in any of these patients.

Fiber in the treatment and maintenance of inflammatory bowel disease: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials