If you have Crohn's Disease you will have a severe zinc deficiency. There is no question, it is 100% guaranteed. The severity may vary, but you will be deficient.
Most people with Crohn's disease suffer from recalcitrant (chronic) viral warts, not necessarily the embarrassing STI scenario, but rather viral warts on their hands and feet. They spread easy, and for some reason the immune system just can't get the job done on eradicating them.
Good news and bad news. You have a severe zinc, and will need 250mg twice daily of Zinc Sulfate Heptahydrate. Good news is that zinc is the ultimate solution to warts. Zinc supplementation leads to resolution of chronic warts almost 90% of the time in less than 2 months. This might take longer for some people with a weaker immune system, but I suspect this is a 100% cure given sufficient time. Follow the link to the peer reviewed medical study.
Leaky gut? All the alternative health sites love to push all sorts of probiotics, herbs, cleanses, etc to fix leaky gut. Guess what they don't mention? You need 110mg three times daily Zinc Sulfate Heptahydrate to actually heal and cure the leaky gut. See the link below for a peer reviewed medical study.
That's right, all those herbs and candida cleaners won't do jack unless you fix that zinc deficiency. The study quite clearly shows zinc supplementation at 330mg/day restores normal intestinal permeability in Crohn's patients, and, helped prevent future relapses. Why isn't your doctor telling you this? This is sort of a BIG deal, a very BIG deal.
Crohn's patients tend to have severe diarrhea. Zinc to the rescue again!
Two peer reviewed medical studies showing zinc sulfate helps to fix chronic diarrhea. Has it become evident that you have a zinc deficiency yet? Zinc will gradually slow then stop most diarrhea, especially in people with Crohn's disease.
Zinc is essential for proper functioning of the immune system. Without zinc your NK cells won't work. You'll be susceptible to almost every infection and it throws the inflammatory balance out of whack if you are deficient in zinc. When you have an imbalance in Th1 vs Th2 response you get all sorts of run away inflammatory responses. Sound familiar?
Now what is a good zinc dose? Well most of the studies recommend 10mg/kg of body weight. That means for every kg of body weight you add 10 mg. So a 50 kg human would take 50x10 = 500mg per day of zinc. That's pretty simple math. The studies all seem to say no more than 600mg of zinc sulfate heptahydrate daily, to prevent possible side effects. Exceeding the safe max dose isn't recommended.
Why I'm writing this is to inform you that most zinc supplements on the market are woefully weak and an outright scam. I will use NOW Foods Zinc Picolinate 25mg as an example of how shitty the zinc supplements are. For $15 you can get a bottle of 90 capsules. To get 500mg/day zinc from the NOW Foods zinc supplement, you'd need to take 20 capsules per day. That's almost a handful of pills! That means you will be buying a new bottle every 4.5 days. What a rip off! Some of the holistic types will decry zinc sulfate, saying you need a chelated form of zinc. LOL. Bullshit marketing gimmick. Zinc sulfate is cheap and super effective. It is salt, you can't get any more absorbable than salt.
If you want to actually heal your intestines, you'll need 500mg/day Zinc Sulfate Heptahydrate. This will also boost your immune system a LOT and help fight off that pesky MAP infection. You can buy Zinc Sulfate Heptahydrate in bulk, it goes for about $15/lb, that will last you a very long time. Just get a mg scale and weigh out 250mg and stuff it into a '00' gel capsule. It will usually be about 1/4 full for a '00' gel cap to get 250 mg.
Be careful not to overdose, over 600 mg/day Zinc Sulfate Heptahydrate you will get a wicked bad headache, nausea, and so on. Don't overdose! Be smart, follow peer reviewed medical studies dosing. More is not better, your body can only absorb a certain amount each day. Sort of like watering a garden, if you put too much water in at once your plants die.