Supplement of a chitosan and ascorbic acid mixture for Crohn’s disease. A pilot study

Supplement of a chitosan and ascorbic acid mixture for Crohn’s disease. A pilot study – Author Abstract

T Tsujikawa

Tsujikawa T, Kanauchi O, Andoh A, et al. Nutrition 2003;19:137-139.

Although the pathogenesis of Crohn’s disease remains unclear, dietary fat is thought to exacerbate intestinal inflammation. Chitosan is a water-insoluble dietary fiber, and a chitosan and ascorbic acid mixture has been shown in rats to increase fecal fat excretion without affecting protein digestibility. However, it remains unclear whether a chitosan and ascorbic acid mixture is safe and effective for patients with Crohn’s disease. We designed a pilot trial to investigate the tolerability and amount of fat excretion alter the oral administration of a chitosan and ascorbic mixture for inactive Crohn’s disease. Eleven outpatients were given seven tablets daily of a chitosan and ascorbic mixture (chitosan was given at 1.05 g/d) for 8 wk. Patients did not interrupt their respective therapies for Crohn’s disease. The bowel movements of most patients increased slightly during the study. Nutritional and inflammatory markers in patients did not differ before and after treatment. The chitosan and ascorbic acid mixture significantly increased the fat concentration in the feces during treatment. These results indicated that oral administration of a chitosan and ascorbic acid mixture in patients with Crohn’s disease is tolerable and increases fecal fat excretion without affecting disease activity.

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