With Ulcerative Colitis the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and ulcerated causing bloody diarrhea and blood is passed in the stool. Blood from Ulcerative Colitis can be thick and darker in color or can be bright red color of fresh blood. Sometimes you can have a bout of diarrhea with no blood at all and then a few minutes later the blood will present then back to no blood. There is no set pattern on when or how the blood will happen. Some theorize that is depends on where the ulcers are in the colon.
The inflammation causes the very uncomfortable symptoms people with Ulcerative Colitis experience. If you are experiencing blood you know your body is fighting to protect itself. During a flare when you are bleeding you will have to watch to make sure you do not become anemic. An iron supplement will help build red blood cells that you lose through bleeding. You also have to be careful with iron supplementing because you can get too much in your system, called iron overload, which can also cause problems. Most iron supplements will cause digestive upset and can cause bleeding. That is the last thing you want.
You do have some options. There are iron supplements that are easier on the gut that you can take like Angstrom Minerals Iron Plus Vitamin C, this contains nanoparticle size minerals that are absorbed immediately into the bloodstream due to their minute size so there is no irritation of the digestive tract. Ferrasorb, is also very good. The Ferrasorb has a bioavailable form of iron including active forms of vitamin B12 (adenosylcobalamin and methylcobalamin) and folic acid (folinic acid), as well as 25 mg. of iron picolinate which not only helps with the iron absorption but folic and B12 which are desperately needed by people with Ulcerative Colitis because B12 and folic are absorbed in the colon and absorption is hampered by UC.
Probiotics are extremely important to maintain the bacteria balance in the colon.
Probiotics for Adults