Pancreatic Insufficiency

Also indexed as:Pancreatitis (Acute and Chronic)
Gas, bloating, and other symptoms can surface when the pancreas doesn’t secrete enough of the enzymes needed for normal digestion. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Our proprietary “Star-Rating” system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by some in the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.

For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.

Digestive Enzymes
Consult a qualified medical practitioner3 stars[3 stars]
Digestive enzymes are the mainstay of pancreatic insufficiency treatment and have been shown to reduce pain and steatorrhea associated with pancreatitis.
9,000 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Taking antioxidant supplements, such as beta-carotene, may lessen pain and prevent recurrences of pancreatitis.
2,000 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
Supplementing with methionine and other nutrients significantly reduced pain, normalized antioxidant levels and free radical activity, and prevented acute recurrences of pancreatitis in one study.
600 mcg, taken under the supervision of a doctor2 stars[2 stars]
Taking antioxidant supplements, such as selenium, may lessen pain and prevent pancreatitis recurrences.
Vitamin C
540 mg daily2 stars[2 stars]
Taking antioxidant supplements, such as vitamin C, may lessen pain and prevent pancreatitis recurrences.
Vitamin E
270 IU daily2 stars[2 stars]
Taking antioxidant supplements, such as vitamin E, may lessen pain and prevent pancreatitis recurrences.
Grape Seed Extract
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
In a preliminary report, three patients with chronic pancreatitis who were treated with grape seed extract saw reduced frequency and intensity of abdominal pain.

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The information presented by Healthnotes is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires December 2018.