Probiotics in Crohn’s disease
New research has shown that Crohn-patients have several harmful bacterial species in large numbers in their intestinal systems. Few of these are present in significant numbers in healthy individuals. This means that disturbed gut flora is a central problem in Crohn’s disease. Very few in public health institutions are aware of this, and those who are, recommend fermented dairy products like yoghurt. In Crohn’s disease these are far too weak. Probiozym is a product which consists of 4 species of lactic acid bacteria with two distinct functions. The first is that Probiozym in most instances very efficiently establishes a healthy gut flora. The other is that it breaks down opioid peptides (see protein intolerance). Probiozym is dried bacteria in capsules, in much larger quantities than can be found in probiotic dairy products. The Probiozym-bacteria also adhere very well to surfaces, and this makes them particularly effective against diarrhea, when other probiotics are washed right through.
Peptide analysis and diet
We haven’t observed any connections between Crohn’s disease and protein intolerance, but it has not been properly investigated. It’s possible that damage to the gut mucosal surface could result in ”leaky gut”, which means that partially digested material leaks from the gut into the blood stream. When casein (milk protein) and gluten (grain protein) is incompletely digested, opioid peptides are formed. These peptides have a mophine-like effect on the brain, and a damaged intestine may release them into the blood stream. If the patient in addition has mental problems like depressions, problems with concentration or restlessness, a urinary peptide analysis could be relevant. However, to reestablish a healthy gut flora should have the highest priority.