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IBD and Elemental Imbalances

Trace element studies on patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have noted pervasive deficiencies of crucial minerals and nutrients, including selenium, copper, zinc, and iron.1-6 Many of these elements are critically necessary for the formation of antioxidants in the body, and thus shortages may increase the patient's susceptibility to the potential damage to the intestinal lining via oxidative stress. Altered zinc metabolism may be a critical dysfunction in IBD, due to its apparent ability to modulate the killer cell activity linked to IBD progression.7

An elemental hair analysis study comparing patients with chronic IBD and healthy controls found that iron concentrations were much lower in IBD patients.
8 Researchers suggested that measuring iron concentration in hair be used as a complementary strategy in assessing body iron levels in IBD patients.6

Besides adversely affecting specific mechanisms of IBD, element imbalances can spawn health problems stemming from chronic malnutrition. Crohn's disease, in particular, often leads to malabsorption, along with chronic vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. Left untreated, these deficiencies can worsen the overall health condition of the patient and dampen the general prognosis for the disease.

The Elemental Analysis determines levels of toxic and nutritional elements in the body using a hair, blood, or urine sample. Each specimen type provides a unique window into element status. A hair sample will reflect chronic toxic exposure and long-term nutritional deficiencies, while blood and urine assessment will gauge the effects of more recent imbalances.

Related Information: IBD and Oxidative Stress

References:
1 Mulder Tp, van der Sluys Veer A, Verspaget HW, Griffioen G, Pena AS, Janssens AR, Lamers CB. Effect of oral zinc supplementation on methallothionein and superoxide dismutase concentrations in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. J Gastroenterol Hepatol 1994;9(5):472-477.
2 Thomas AG, Miller V, Shenkin A, Fell GS, Taylor F. Selenium and glutathione peroxidase status in paediatric health and gastroinetestinal disease. J Pediatr Gastroeneterol Nutr 1994;19(2):213-219.
3 Rannem T, Ladefoged K, Hylander E, Hegnhoj J, Jarnum S. Selenium status in patients with Crohn's disease. Am J Clin Nutr 1992;56(5):933-937.
4 Ringstad J, Kildebo S, Thomassen Y. Serum selenium, copper, and zinc concentrations in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Scand J Gastroenterol 1993;28(7):605-608.
5 Fernandez-Banares F, Mingorance MD, Esteve M, Cabre E, Lachica M, et. al. Serum zinc, copper, and selenium levels in inflammatory bowel disease: effect of total enteral nutrition on trace element status. Am J Gastroenterol 1990;85(12):1584-1589.
6 Bisse E, Renner F, Sussmann S, Scholmerich J, Wieland H. Hair iron content: possible marker to complement monitoring therapy of iron deficiency in patients with chronic inflammatory bowel diseases? Clin Chem 1996;42(8 Pt 1):1270-1274.
7 Sturniolo GC, Mestriner C, Lecis PE, D'Odorico A, Venturi C, Irato P, et. al. Altered plasma and mucosal concentrations of trace elements and antioxidants in active ulcerative colitis. Scand J Gastroeenterol 1998;33(6):644-649.
8 Van de Wal Y, Van der Sluys Veer A, Verspaget HW, Mulder TP, Griffioen G, Van Tol EA, Pena AS, Lamers CB. Effect of zinc therpay on natural killer cell activity in inflammatory bowel disease. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 1993;7(3):281-286.


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