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Unhealthy Condition Chronic Pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis is a condition where the pancreas has become permanently damaged from “inflammation” and ceases to function properly by impairing a person’s ability to digest food and make pancreatic hormones, per the National Pancreatic Foundation.  The pancreas is a small organ, located behind the stomach, and it’s main purpose is digestion by helping you regulate the way that your body processes sugar, with it’s all important function of producing insulin and regulating blood sugar levels in food digestion.  The Pancreas also serves an important function in releasing enzymes and helping you digest food.

Chronic pancreatitis can affect people of any age, but it usually develops between the ages of 30 and 40, or when the Symptoms Of Pancreatitis are most noticeable.  The main causes, as a result of heavy drinking over many years, and it’s more common in men, found a 2013 World Journal of Gastroenterology study reviewed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  However, latest research is showing that drinking as one of the sole causes of pancreatitis but is not to the extinct it was originally thought.  More on that shortly.

Approximately 87,000 new cases of pancreatitis occur annually in the U.S. according to the Columbia University Irving Medical Center The Pancreas Center.  Gallstones are a common cause of pancreatitis. Gallstones, produced in the gallbladder, can block the bile duct, stopping pancreatic enzymes from traveling to the small intestine and forcing them back into the pancreas, according to a John Hopkins University “Gallstone Pancreatitis” study.

The enzymes then begin to irritate the cells of the pancreas, causing the inflammation associated with pancreatitis. Chronic pancreatitis is different from acute pancreatitis, where the inflammation is only short term and mainly caused by gallstones.  Chronic pancreatitis begins as acute pancreatitis from gallstones, and if the pancreas becomes scarred during the attack of acute pancreatitis, it cannot return to its normal state and begins the chronic stage confirmed per Mayo Clinic “Pancreatitis Caused By Gallstones” research.

The damage to the gland continues, worsening over time, becoming chronic in nature.  Most people with chronic pancreatitis have had 1 or more attacks of acute pancreatitis.  Link for a good Pancreapedia reference on chronic pancreatitis, entitled “Natural Course Of Chronic Pancreatitis”, from the American Pancreatic Association.

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Unhealthy Sugary Take-Out Donuts Bad For Pancreatitis

Because of the location of the pancreas, pancreatic cancer is often not diagnosed until late stages when it begins to spread to other organs. If you have been diagnosed with any form of pancreatitis and experience any of the symptoms, please consult with your doctor immediately about your concerns. Chronic pancreatitis is considered a risk factor for this cancer, according to a 2019 American Cancer Society “Pancreatitis Cancer Risk Factors” study.

Common Symptoms

The most common symptom of chronic pancreatitis is repeated episodes of severe pain in your abdomen according to research such as this 2008 World Journal Gastroenterol study reviewed by the NIH.

Pain management usually proceeds in a stepwise approach beginning with general lifestyle recommendations. Low fat diet, alcohol and smoking cessation are encouraged. Analgesics alone are needed in almost all patients. Maneuvers aimed at suppression of pancreatic secretion are routinely tried, per a 2008 World Journal of Gastroenterology (NIH) study.

Patients with ongoing symptoms may be candidates for more invasive options such as endoscopic therapy, and resective or drainage surgery. The pain usually develops in the middle or left side of your stomach and can move and radiate along your back.  It’s been described as a burning or shooting pain that comes and goes, but it may last for several hours or even days.  Although the pain sometimes comes on after eating a meal, there’s often no trigger.

Some people might feel sick and vomit.  Pancreatitis symptoms may include belching, heartburn, abdominal cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation, per a Mount Sinai Medical Center “Gastroenterology Conditions” research.  As the condition progresses, the painful episodes may become more frequent and severe.  Eventually, a constant dull pain can develop in your abdomen, between episodes of severe pain.

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Obesity Is A Major Health Issue

However, pain is less common in chronic pancreatitis than in acute pancreatitis.  Some people have pain, but many people do not experience abdominal pain.  For those people who do have pain, the pain is usually constant and may be disabling.  It’s important to note, pain often goes away as the condition worsens, according to a 2020 e Medicine Health “Pancreatic Cancer vs. Pancreatitis Symptoms and Signs” study.

Despite the numerous causes and multiple theories of pathogenesis, the common feature throughout a diverse group of patients is pain; pain that some describe as unbearable, relentless and all consuming. It is a pain that dominates every aspect of the life of a patient with chronic pancreatitis, found a 2013 Sage British Journal of Pain (NIH) study.

It is a disease process that commonly leads to multiple hospital admissions, associated complications such as diabetes, malnutrition, pseudocysts, and possible major therapeutic interventions such as nerve blocks, endoscopic drainage procedures and complex surgery, particularly for pain management, per a 2013 ResearchGate “The Pain of Chronic Pancreatitis: A persistent Clinical Challenge” study. Life expectancy in chronic pancreatitis is shortened and there is an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

Reliance on opioid analgesics is commonplace and, in many cases, essential. Long-term use of opioids is not without risk in itself. Immune function can be impaired; endocrine and associated sexual dysfunction can occur according to a 2012 British Journal Pain reviewed by the NIH. Constipation, sedation and respiratory depression are well-recognized risks. Then the other side of the coin, lack of pain as a bad sign because it probably means that the pancreas has stopped working.

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Unhealthy Fatty Take-Out Fried Chicken Bad For Pancreatitis

Advanced chronic pancreatitis occurs when the damage to the pancreas progresses and it becomes unable to produce digestive juices, which help to break down food.  Actually one way to determine if the pancreas has entered the chronic stage is by low production of enzyme serum levels, according to a 2017 Pancreas (NIH) study.

The digestive enzymes of the pancreas break down everything that we eat like proteins, fats and carbohydrates, into small particles that are absorbed into stomach gut’s wall.

The absence of digestive juices means it’s harder to break down fats and some proteins. The NIH has an excellent 2017 article “Your Digestive System & How it Works” and is definitely a worthwhile read.

This can cause your stool to become very smelly and greasy. The pancreas usually only loses these functions many years after the first symptoms started. Other Symptoms Of Pancreatitis may include weight loss, loss of appetite, jaundice, symptoms of diabetes called diabetes 3-c, per a 2013 World Journal of Gastroenterology (NIH) study; because of inability to produce insulin, bleeding due to anemia, nutritional deficiencies or malnutrition equaling lower enzymes production, and ongoing nausea and vomiting, found a 2016 Ter Arkh (NIH) study.

Variety Of Known Causes

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Unhealthy Processed Meats Bad For Pancreatitis

The most common cause of chronic pancreatitis is drinking excessive amounts of alcohol over many years according to a 2017 National Institute For Health and Care Excellence (NIH) Alcohol Use Disorders study. This can cause repeated episodes of acute pancreatitis, which results in increasing damage to the organ.

Because the pancreas is so closely tied to your digestive process, it’s affected by what you choose to eat, as well.  Other causes, which is believed to be up 20 percent of the caess, include smoking and tobacco products, autoimmune disease, in which the immune system attacking the pancreas.  There’s also an inheriting a faulty gene that stops the pancreas from working properly, per a 2020 NIH “Hereditary Pancreatitis” study.

Other factors effecting the pancreas are high lipid fat levels in the blood, per a 2014 Medicine (Baltimore) and NIH study, medications, per a 2005 Journal of Gastroenterology (NIH) study; infections, per a 2017 Gastroenterology (NIH) study; injury to the pancreas such as a bad fall causing abdominal trauma, per a 2015 Medical Archives (NIH) study.

And, of course, gallstones blocking the duct openings of the pancreas, and, trapping digestive juices in the pancreas, according to a Mayo Clinic Pancreatitis Caused By Gallstones” study.  Unfortunately, in about 15 percent of cases of acute pancreatitis and 40 percent percent of cases of chronic pancreatitis, the cause is never known.

The damage to the pancreas is permanent in the chronic stage, but treatment can help control the condition and manage any symptoms.  Now, it may not sound like it, but the good news is, from the first incidence of pancreatitis to the end stage of chronic pancreatitis, the time frame is generally 8-15 years, per a 2010 Gastroenterology and Hepatology (NIH) study.  Mother Nature is giving us big hints early on so that we have time to repair the pancreas.  A person does not need to get to the end stage of pancreatitis to do something about it.

Now is the time for action if you suspect pancreatitis.  People with chronic pancreatitis are usually advised to make lifestyle changes, such as stopping drinking alcohol, stopping smoking, losing weight per a 2015 American Pancreatitis Association “Relationship Between Obesity and Pancreatitis” study on obesity; getting exercise, finding ways to relax and relieve stress such as yoga, per a 2007 World Journal of Gastroenterology (NIH) study; and eating a balanced and healthy low-fat, low-sugar, high-protein, nutrient dense, high-calorie diet., per a Columbia University Irving Medical Center “Pancreatitis Diet” research

Researchers are finding out more about foods you can eat to protect and even help to heal your pancreas. Surprisingly and contrary to popular belief not all cases of chronic pancreatitis are alcohol-induced according to a 2011 American Gastroenterological Association study.

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Unhealthy Restaurant Take-Out Meal Bad For pancreatitis

Patients with no identifiable cause for their disease as well as those with non-alcohol-related causes represent an unexpectedly large subgroup, particularly among women. Medications are prescribed to relieve pain but prolonged use is just as detrimental. Pancreatic enzyme supplements may be prescribed to help your digestive system work more effectively, as well.

Foods to Avoid

Specific type foods to avoid  includes greasy, fried foods, refined grains and simple carbohydrates foods, processed meats, and high-fat processed foods for not only preventing but also managing pancreatitis.

Columbia University Irvin Medical Center confirmed the foods to avoid (see link above):

Abstinence from alcohol and greasy or fried foods is important in helping to prevent malnutrition and pain.

Patients with chronic pancreatitis are at high risk for malnutrition due to malabsorption and depletion of nutrients as well as due to increased metabolic activity. Columbia article continued to say:

Therefore, patients with chronic pancreatitis must be tested regularly for nutritional deficiencies.

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Unhealthy Fast Foods Bad For Pancreatitis

Simply, consuming too much fat can cause your pancreas to work harder to release more digestive enzymes than it normally would, causing pain, per this 2020 Cleveland Clinic “The Best (and Worst) Foods For Pancreatitis Pain” article.  An excessive level of enzymes may lead to an attack.

However, the other side of the coin has to be considered, too, as processed foods and simple carbohydrates do not have living natural enzymes, as documented through ENZYMES-The Fountain of Life by D.A. Lopez, M.D., R.M. Williams, M.D., Ph.D, M. Miehlke, M.D.  The absence of living enzymes in food forces the pancreas to work harder and produce more of its own digestive enzymes to digest food properly.

The National Pancreas Foundation “Nutrition Advice and Recipes” research, advises that patients with pancreatitis limit their fat intake to 20 grams or fewer per day, with no one meal containing more than 10 grams of fat.  By eating an unhealthy diet low in micronutrients, according to U.S. Government Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020, many Americans are deficient in critical in nutrients and minerals such as bicarbonate, potassium, magnesium, zinc, cobalt, and other minerals and have a low intake of essential vitamins.

The pancreas cannot work well without these critical nutrients.  Another detrimental issue affecting the function of the pancreas is acidity.  Today, most people are too acidic from eating high acid “junk” food” such as processed meats. Whole body acidity destroys the pancreas in many ways, according to a 2014 JOP (NIH) study. There is so much to whole body acidity that Biotherapy Clinic’s e-book, Healthy Pancreas, Healthy You, discusses this subject matter in detail.

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Unhealthy High Sugar Drinks Bad For Pancreatitis

Along with eating more processed foods, people also tend to eat more unnatural food combinations.  Such food combinations are difficult to digest and cause the pancreas to work harder than it should. A 2014 Springer Japanese Society of Gastroenterology study sets the guidelines in clinical practices and proper diet, on 6 diseases, including chronic pancreatitis. In addition, daily stress is harmful to the pancreas, and constant stress negatively changes its hormonal and neural system, as well.

High levels of sweets, candies, cookies, and sugary foods in your diet can be a major contributing factor to pancreatitis.  Triglycerides from high sugar foods increases levels of bad fats in your blood, increasing stress on the gland and causing it to malfunction and become inflamed, which also force your pancreas to work harder to compensate for the surge of sugar in your system according to 2016 “Triglycerides” research from the Cleveland Clinic.

Plus, there’s little nutrition in sugar to nourish the pancreas and the body, and it is one of the major contributors to unwanted weight-gain to your body. Being overweight is a key contributing factors in developing or worsening  pancreatitis.  So, loosing weight is a major lifestyle change that should be implemented with this condition.  The NIH  references the American Dietic Association food exchange list for maintaining a healthy weight from certain foods.

However, since we are on the subject of sweets, there is one exception to this rule of avoiding sugary foods, natural dark chocolate (not milk chocolate). Natural dark chocolate, made from the cocoa bean, is jamb-packed with antioxidants and plant phenols which is healthy for your body.

Drinking plenty of fluids and cutting back on caffeine found in energy drinks is also recommended for people with pancreatitis, according to a 2015 World Journal of Gastrointestinal Phatophysiology (NIH) study.  Eliminating all suspected food allergens including dairy, soy, wheat, corn, food preservatives and chemical food additives, is a good idea, too.

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Healthy Exercise in the Surf’s Edge Good For Pancreatitis

If a person has trouble with this diet, pancreatic enzymes in synthetic form may be given to help digest the food.  However, natural fermented foods are a good source of probiotics enzymes.

More on that shortly. With acute pancreatitis becoming more common in the U.S., it’s thought that the obesity epidemic may be a factor in rising rates of this disease.  One study published in Current Opinion in Gastroenterology in 2017 reviewed by NIH, indicates that obesity may worsen the severity of acute pancreatitis.

So, what is the non-drug, non-surgical approach to reducing the Symptoms Of Pancreatitis and improving pancreatic function?  To answer that question, we have to look at pancreatic juice.

Pancreatic juice is made up mainly of water, followed by minerals, trace elements, bicarbonate and proteins that are mostly enzymes, according to Wikipedia research.  These ingredients are the “fuel” that the body needs to be alive.  A car without gasoline isn’t going anywhere, is it?  And, your body without the proper nutrients isn’t going any where, either!  Speaking of fuel, dehydration is a common problem with pancreatitis, so, it’s vitally important to drink 8 full glasses of filtered water each day, according to the Pancreas Foundation “Hydration and Chronic Pancreatitis” research.

Future Looks Promising

20,000 people are admitted to UK hospitals annually with pancreatitis. One in five of these cases are severe, resulting in around 1000 deaths annually. 2013 Cardiff University “Scientists Edge Closer Towards First Pancreatitis Treatment” research has found that a calcium inhibiting compound offers unique and effective protection in isolated cells against self-digestion and cell death resulting in chronic pancreatitis. This breakthrough shows huge potential to radically change and improve the outcome for patients suffering from severe pancreatitis.

Beneficial Nutrients

According to the Pancreas Foundation “Nutrition Advice and Recipes” research, high carbohydrate, low fat diet is recommended; and eating smaller more frequent anti-inflammatory diet or meals help prevent aggravating the pancreas.

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Healthy Calming Meditation For pancreatitis

Antioxidants may reduce pain in people with chronic pancreatitis, according to a 2000 NIH Use of Antioxidants to Treat Pain in Chronic Pancreatitis” study. Antioxidant treatment had a positive effect in patients who suffered from pancreatic inflammatory pain, and its effectiveness should be tested before more aggressive and costlier treatments are considered.

It’s thought that eating foods high in antioxidant may aid in the treatment of chronic pancreatitis by reducing  oxidative stress, one of the major Symptoms Of Pancreatitis and a possible cause of the onset of this disease.  In a 2009 Gastroenterology (NIH) study, researchers analyzed 22 clinical trials and concluded that the data support a benefit of antioxidant therapy from foods in the management of pancreatitis.

A very important essential  amino acid naturally present in your body, glutamine plays a role in many metabolic processes. Some research shows that glutamine may benefit people with acute pancreatitis who receive total parenteral nutrition.  A study ScienceDirect published in the journal Pancreatology in 2013, researchers reviewed 12 clinical trials with a total of 505 patients.

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Incredible Healthy Nutrient-Dense Variety Of Food

According to the report’s authors, their analysis “demonstrates a clear advantage” for high-glutamine food sources in patients with acute pancreatitis receiving total parenteral nutrition.  They also noted that those receiving enteral nutrition, which is food delivered to the stomach or small intestine through a tube, do not require glutamine.

The use of omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce infectious complications and length of hospital stay in people with acute pancreatitis, especially when used parenterally. That’s the finding of a 2015 report published in the journal Nutrients and reviewed by the NIH, which analyzed eight clinical trials.  A class of polyunsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids are found naturally in many foods like fatty cold-water fish  such as  salmon and tuna.

Preliminary research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids may help treat pancreatitis by reducing inflammation and repairing tissue damage.  There is a unique healing mineral water, called “Korlovy Vary”, which comes from a thermal spring in a small town in now Czech Republic, that has the exact ingredients found in pancreatic juice, according to Biotherapy Clinic research.  This healing  thermal mineral water has been prescribed to patients in Europe for over 500 years. This healing mineral water is made up of minerals, trace elements, and bicarbonate.

After thousands of successful use, European doctors realized that this healing water increases the amount of pancreatic juice produced and the quality of the pancreatic juice is better. Alkalized water or an alkaline diet, makes for an alkalized environment in the small intestine, which is what constitutes optimal body health and function, found a 2012 Journal of Environmental and Public Health (NIH) study.

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Healthy For Pancreatitis Wild Caught Fish

Pancreatic digestive enzymes work best in an alkaline state, per this Journal Of the Pancreas “Chronic Metabolic Acidosis Destroys Pancreas” study.  Millions of people have improved health by reducing acidity in the digestive system because eating alkaline foods like vegetables and drinking mineral water from the Karlovy Vary thermal spring.

The thermal mineral water is available in a salt that can be mixed in regular filtered water and used daily.  For more information leave a request comment below and we’ll get back to you.

The Mediterranean Diet

A pancreas-friendly diet is high in protein from lean meats and low in animal fats and simple sugars like found in the Mediterranean diet is a good option for you if you are recovering from mild acute pancreatitis. According to the research from Cleveland Clinic Health Essentials “The Best (and Worst) Foods For Pancreatitis Pain” study confirmed focusing on vegetables, fruits and whole grains limits your cholesterol intake and increases your fiber intake is beneficial in combating pancreatitis.

This reduces your risk of developing gallstones or high triglycerides, which are among the leading causes of acute pancreatitis. Antioxidants combat the free radicals in your body, helping reduce inflammation. Adding medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which are fats that are often derived from coconut or palm kernel oil, can also help boost your nutrient absorption in the setting of chronic pancreatitis, found a 2017 Practical Gastroenterology “The Use of Medium-Chain Triglycerides in Gastrointestinal Disorders” study.

For the third consecutive year, the Mediterranean diet, chosen by the U.S. News and World Report, remains the No. 1 Best Diet Overall. The popular and easy to follow Mediterranean diet focuses on eating less red meat, sugar and saturated fat while incorporating more produce, nuts and whole grains into your daily regimen.

An alkaline, healing diet, of nutrient-dense foods consist of lean, organic, grass-fed finished or free-range finished meats, dairy, and brown eggs (A); wild-caught fish and seafood (A)(not farmed-raised ocean fish); fresh organic fruits, vegetables especially legumes and dark green leafy, organic raw nuts and edible flower seeds. (A).

Other foods you may not have thought of are  organic whole grains and complex carbohydrates; organic herbs and spices; antioxidant drinks such as espresso; natural dark chocolate; restoration of beneficial intestinal bacteria by eating natural fermented foods (A); polyunsaturated omega 3 fatty acids like extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil (A); natural mineral water (by reader request); abdominal manipulation; meditation and relaxation; and are all valuable tools, used worldwide to heal pain and indigestion associated with chronic pancreatitis.

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Certified Organic -Grass-Fed Or Free-Range Finished Meats

Reishi mushrooms. Reishi mushrooms are one of the most densely packed foods when it comes to antioxidants and active organic compounds that can affect our health. In pancreatitis, reishi mushrooms are able to soothe and repair the stomach and bring down inflammation, found a 2000 ACS Publication study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.

Ginseng. Ginseng is one of the oldest and most trusted natural and traditional Chinese remedies for a wide variety of health issues, especially those that are inflammatory in nature or affect the gastrointestinal system. For a case of pancreatitis ginseng tea or ginseng root can be taken to lower inflammation throughout the body and relieve pain, plus it increases insulin production, per a 2007 BMC Chinese Medicine (NIH) study.

Tofu. Switching to tofu-based meals is a popular fatty red meat alternative for vegan people, particularly those who suffer from chronic pancreatitis. This is because high levels of fat in the blood are one of the most common causes of pancreatitis, which can be caused by eating a lot of fatty red meat.  If you cut out high-fat foods, you can lower your chances of inflammation in the pancreas, found a 2004 Oxford Academics published in the Japanese Journal of Oncology.

Fruits The presence of free radicals can aggravate or bring about pancreatitis.  Some of the best free radical-fighting foods you can eat are blueberries, acai, and pineapple, which are loaded with antioxidants and can reduce inflammation throughout the body very rapidly, preventing disease, found a 2010 Research In Pharmaceutical Sciences (NIH) study. Eating a handful of blueberries every morning can lower your risk of suffering this condition.

Spinach Spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables (kale, turnip and mustard greens) are a common suggestion with ant type of pancreatitis.

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Healthy Medicinal Incredible Spices For Pancreatitis

It’s usually worsened by vitamin and mineral deficiencies, particularly, vitamins A, C, and E, and minerals potassium, magnesium, and selenium, which dark leafy green vegetables are high in, found a 2015 University of Malaysia Pahang study on spinach.

Polyunsaturated Oils When cooking, you should avoid the use of traditional saturated cooking oils because of the high unhealthy fat content.  However extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil, which are high in healthy poly-unsaturated omega 3 fatty acids and a good ratio of omega 3s to fattier omega 6s, helps reduce inflammation of the pancreas, found a 2018 Harvard Health “Coconut Oil and Health” study.

A 2016 Nutrients (NIH) study showed that medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) like coconut oil reduced pain associated with pancreatitis, by reducing inflammation, improving metabolism, and improving cognitive function.

Coffee. Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found in a 2006 study “How Coffee Can Reduce the Risk of Alcohol-Induced Pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed, causing severe abdominal pain. It is often triggered by alcohol consumption which causes digestive enzymes to digest part of the pancreas. Caffeine has shown to control the excessive amount of calcium released in the pancreas causing pancreatitis.

Green Tea According to a 2012 Cancer Epidemiology (NIH) study, regular consumption of  green tea inhibits the development and the progression of pancreatic cancer. Researchers note that for women this results in a 32 percent reduction in pancreatic cancer risk, and they also note that a lower temperature of the tea is linked to its benefits.

Red Grapes Another powerful antioxidant that has been shown to work well against pancreatitis is resveratrol, which is found in high concentration in red grapes and  red wine, especially in naturally-fermented red wine, according to a 2005 Elsevier World Journal of Gastroenterology study.

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Healthy Nutrient-Dense Complex Carbohydrates

Kimchi Another NIH study looked at the Korean super food kimchi, which is a naturally fermented (probiotics) mix of vegetables and spices, effectiveness in reducing blood cholesterol levels and gastro-intestional disorder during acute pancreatitis, found a 2014 Current Pharmaceutical Destinations (NIH) study.

Garlic. Garlic is an anti-inflammatory according the research like this 2009 Springer Arthritis Research and Therapy study. Garlic not only aids the pancreas but it also decreases the amount of sugar in the blood while stimulating the pancreas to manufacture ample levels of insulin.  You should eat one to two slightly crushed cloves of garlic per day, as well as adding it to your food. Garlic tea can be drunk as an alternative and a few sprigs of parsley will sweeten your breath.

Cedar Berries. These berries are found in the southwest of America and are a fruit similar to grapes, in that they possess strong health promoting nutrients which are extra useful to the body. The seeds and pods are used and have been found beneficial in improving the digestive and pancreatic functions found a 2014 Internationally Scholarly Research Notice study reviewed by the NIH. Cedar berries regulate the normal operation of the pancreas which also causes blood sugar levels to become stable.

Oregano. This culinary herb is rich in natural phenolic anti-oxidants making it valuable in treating oxidation caused by diabetes according to various research like a 1996 International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition study (NIH). Studies on pigs have shown that oregano can slow down pancreatic amylase. Oregano is believed to have robust anti-hyperglycemic properties that can handle hyperglycemia and/or long term complications arising from diabetes.

Tumeric. Another spice high in antioxidant is tumeric, with its active ingredient curcumin, and it  has a long history of health benefits, especially in treating pancreatitis, like this 2005 ResearchGate study published in the Indian Journal Of Medical Research.

Vitamin D. An NIH study looked at the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D, in it benefiting function and insulin sensitivity and systematic inflammation, all  characteristic of pancreatitis, and pancreatic cancer, but called for more randomized blind studies, found a 2019 United European Gastroenterology Journal (NIH) study.  So, that simply means spend some time in nature and replenish your vitamin D.

Remember also, that due to digestive issues with pancreatitis, nutrients such as vitamins and minerals can’t be assimilated properly and leads to deficiencies, that’s an important reason to eat fresh foods high in vitamins and minerals.  Some other great natural foods which are beneficial for pancreatitis are  sweet potatoes, broccoli, and licorice.

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Healthy fresh Nutrient-Dense Herbs For Pancreatitis

Adaptogen Peruvian Maca. Peruvian Maca (A) is considered a well-balanced “whole-food” very high in nutrition value and high in micronutrients such as essential vitamins and minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, various plant compounds, including glucosinolates and polyphenols, found a 2001 ResearchGate study published in Journal of Economic Botany.

It’s a good source of carbohydrates, low in saturated fat, and contains a good amount of fiber and complex carbohydrates; all beneficial in supporting better pancreatic health and function.  Although there are not any documented animal or human trials on Peruvian Maca yet and how it could benefit pancreatitis, there are numerous studies that it exhibits high antioxidant properties, boosting levels of antioxidants like glutathione and superoxide dismutase in the body, neutralizing harmful free radicals.

The reduction reduces inflammation, fighting off chronic disease, such as chronic pancreatitis, and preventing damage to cells. All of which, as we have covered, and beneficial to pancreatitis.  One 2012 Evidenced Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH) study demonstrated that polysaccharides extracted from maca had high antioxidant activity and were effective in treating free-radical damage.

A 2007 Plant Foods In Human Nutrition (NIH) animal study in the Czech Republic even found that administering a concentrated dose of maca to rats not only improved their antioxidant status, but also significantly decreased levels of cholesterol and triglycerides  in the liver and reduced blood sugar, helping prevent the development of chronic disease, such as pancreatitis.

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Healthy Antioxidant-Rich Nutrient-Dense Peruvian Maca

Meanwhile, another 2017 Toxicol Mechanical Methods (NIH) test-tube study showed that the antioxidant content of maca leaf extract could even protect against neurological damage.  Yet, another 2013 Molecular Neurobiology (NIH) study concluded Peruvian Maca was effective as a neuro-protective “Adaptogen”, in providing “anti-inflammatory” benefits to the human body, and particularly beneficial to a stressed, inflamed pancreas.

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