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Malabsorption problem when supplement work?

Discussion in 'The Gut: De Meirleir & Maes; H2S; Leaky Gut' started by jason30, Dec 24, 2017.

  1. jason30

    jason30 Senior Member

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    Hi all,

    Perhaps a rhetorical question but could someone have malabsorption problems (and be deficient in minerals and vitamins) when taking supplements / powders do work?

    Thanks!
     
  2. pamojja

    pamojja Senior Member

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    I have difficulty understanding your question. But if I understand it right, I have to answer yes. Also when they don't work, because what is sufficient could be very different from one and another.
     
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  3. SueJohnPat

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    From what I know malabsorption can be a problem if you are on long term medications that reduce stomach acid . For example Prilosec, nexium etc. I think this is greatly overlooked by doctors.

    Sometimes people lack intrinsic factor which can lead to pernicious anemia. This is not that uncommon and would show up on blood test.
     
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  4. Mary

    Mary Forum Support Assistant

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    Many of us are low in stomach acid and not just due to drugs like Nexium etc. Low stomach acid seems to be another deficiency connected to ME/CFS, and if you are low in stomach acid, you won't absorb nutrients properly. It was one of the first things my chiropractor who does muscle testing picked up on. He told me all the supplements in the world wouldn't help if I couldn't absorb them.

    I have to take betaine HCl with pepsin with meals that have protein. It's made a huge difference in my digestion.

    Here's a simple test to check your stomach acid: dissolve 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of water and drink on an empty stomach. If you don't burp within 2 or 3 minutes, it can be an indication of low stomach acid.
     
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    Great point Mary, I took Betaine for awhile myself.
     
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    Thanks all!

    Sorry for the late respons (due holidays) and unclear question.

    I know about low stomach acid and problems with absorbing nutrients properly.

    I wondered why someone could have a malabsorption problem (due low stomach acid) but at the same time he/she is absorbing supplements properly. So this way you could say that stomach acid is not needed to let supplements work?

    Hopefully that makes it more clearly.
     
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    Guess without any stomach acid one would be in serious trouble. Therefore it's more about the degree present. With supplementation one adds on top of that, so with higher total amounts of nutrients and percentage of absorption remaining equal due to a certain amount of stomach acid, more is absorbed.
     
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    Mary Forum Support Assistant

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    I don't think that supplements could be absorbed without stomach acid. So you must have some stomach acid, maybe more than you think?

    And as @pamojja said, you would be in serious trouble without stomach acid.
     

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