Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a chronic disorder characterized by a relapsing-remitting course, which alternates between active and quiescent states, ultimately impairing a patients' quality of life.The two main types of IBD are Crohn's disease (CD) and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). CD Shows a transmural granulomatous inflammation that can involve any segment of the intestine affecting all layers of the intestinal wall, while UC is limited to the mucosa and superficial submucosa of the colon. In physiological conditions the gut is costantly exposed to various antigens, commensal microflora and pathogens and the inflammatory response is finely balanced. Anyhow i some individuals with genetic susceptibility an anomalous inflammatory response can arise due to the deregulation of the negative feedback mechanism implicated in its self-regulation. It is though that a vast number of environmental risk factors may be implicated in the development of IBD, including smoking, dietary factors, psychological stress, use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and oral contraceptives, appendectomy, brestfeeding, as well as infections. Nutritional support as a primary therapy ha a crucial role in the management of patients with IBD since it can control the inflammatory process, treat malnutrition and its consequences, and avoid the use of immune-modulating drugs and their side effects. The gut microbiota is clearly manipulated by dietary components such as n-3 PUFA and coniugated linoleic acid (CLA) which favorably reduce endotoxin load via shifts in the composition and metabolic activity of the microbial community. In particular, the beneficial effect of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)and fermentable fiber, during the remission/quiescent phase of both CD and UC is highligheted.In fact, PUFAs are associated with a less grade of inflammation since they are metabolized to 3-series prostaglandins and tromboxanes and 5-series leukotrienes and, in addition, exert antiinflammatory effects when compared with their n-6 PUFA counterparts. In similar action to dietary n-3 PUFA, coniugated linoleic acid (CLA) have been reported to ameliorate intestinal inflammation in animal models of IBD. in contrast to corticosteroids, CLA suppresses gut inflammatory responses while enhancing antigen specific responsiveness of t cells against viral and bacterial pathogens.Available data about nutritional interventions do not always match due to the incomplete knowledge of pathogenic mechanisms underlying IBD development. Further studies are therefore needed to improve nutritional therapeutic approach. In particular, is still unclear the role of the fiber in helping the remission of the disease. There are mainly two theories. on one hand, dietary fibers can act as effective prebiotics by altering the intestinal microbial composition and promoting the growth of beneficial bacterial communities within the large intestine. Some authors reported a positive effect associated with the production by colonic microflora of short chain fatty acids (SCFA), able to down-regulate the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, to promote the restoration of intracellular Reactive Oxygen Specie (ROS) balance, and the activation of NF-KB. On the other hand, fibers can promote diarrhea, pain and gas aggravating the clinical state. we suggest that the consumption on fermentable fibers may have a good impact on patients' health. Now is well known that various SNPs are linked to the risk of IBD development and therefore there is the possibility of predict if an individual is predispose
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine2
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2013


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