Intestinal disorders: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Ulcerative Colitis, The Relationship between Crohn's Disease and Bile

Irritable bowel syndrome

‘Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a chronic problem that affects the digestive system and its functions. The rise in IBS symptoms could be link to a number of complex reasons. Important factors to consider, which may lead to and maintain the symptoms of IBS, are dietary and genetic factors, psychological dysfunction, hormonal imbalance and infection and inflammation. It is often noted by patients that stress exacerbates their IBS symptoms. However the cause of IBS still remains unclear’ Source: Biocare.co.uk


‘Crohn’s disease is a lifelong inflammatory bowel disease. It can trigger inflammation in any part of your digestive system, causing tummy pain, persistent diarrhoea and ulcers. It can also make you feel more tired than usual and lose weight.’ Source: Bupa.co.uk

Crohn’s disease is diagnosed in about 1 in 10,000 people every year. About 145 in every 100,000 people in the UK have Crohn’s disease. Source: Patient.info

Colitis ulcerosa

‘The colon is the large intestine, or bowel, and the rectum is the end of the bowel where stools are stored. Ulcers can develop on the colon’s lining and bleed and produce pus.
Ulcerative colitis is a form of colitis that is caused by autoimmune inflammation (the body attacking itself), whereas colitis can be caused by a number of factors including infection.
Ulcerative colitis is similar to another condition which causes inflammation of the gut – Crohn’s disease.’ Source: Thesun.co.uk

‘Ulcerative colitis is the most common type of inflammatory disease of the bowel. It has an incidence in the UK of approximately 240 per 100,000.’
Source: Patient.info

What is the role of bile acids and bile in the above bowel diseases?

Proper liver function, biliary production, bile circulation (enterohepatic cycle) can prevent these bowel diseases. If bile circulation is inadequate or damaged for any reason, supplementing bile acids can help alleviate the symptoms of these diseases and speed up recovery as bile acids support bile circulation, digestion, health of the intestine and the immune system,

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