Incomplete digestion of food (and possible malnutrition) due to dysautonomia?
For years, I have wondered why nutrients in a purified supplement form seem to have much stronger effects on me than the exact same nutrients in food form:
I tried a 150mg dose of malic acid once.
It gave me a brief energy boost, followed by a 2-week crash. But that's just me.
The weird thing is that there is 500-2000mg malic acid in a single apple, but I can eat apples without any problem. This is just an example of a larger observation I have made: purified nutrients in supplement form often have much stronger effects on me than the exact same nutrients in food form. Differential digestion or absorption?
There are a couple of possible explanations that could clarify this observation. But I keep coming back to one possible explanation: dysautonomia.
1) In order for food to be properly digested, the pancreas and gall bladder must release digestive enzymes into the intestines to break down the food. The release of these digestive enzymes from the pancreatic duct and the bile duct is controlled by the vagus nerve:
2) The vagus nerve also controls the "Sphincter of Oddi", which connects the pancreatic duct and the bile duct to the intestines. The Sphincter of Oddi opens or closes to allow the release of digestive enzymes into the intestines:
3) Therefore, if there is dysfunction of the vagus nerve, there could be insufficient release of digestive enzymes into the intestines. This would result in incomplete digestion of food, and over a long period of time, could possibly lead to malnutrition.
4) Since the vagus nerve is a part of the autonomic nervous system, such a dysfunction of the vagus nerve is a form of dysautonomia.