A Patient asked- My husband has trouble digesting the oil. Really any fat…would enzymes and the HCL do the trick? We’re kinda like the couple… Jack Sprat could eat no fat, and his wife could eat no lean… my husband has lost 20 lbs since he gave up wheat products… I don’t think he had that much to lose…
Sounds like Jack Sprat could use some digestive enzymes with lipase and HCL and bile salts.
Fat digestion begins in the stomach with hydrochloride acid. Then the bile from the gall bladder neutralizes the acidic stomach chyme to protect the duodenum. The bile salts break the huge fat triglyceride molecules into large chain fatty acids. Then the pancreatic enzymes lipase further breaks down the fat into short chain fatty acids. Most fat malabsorption is caused by poor bile production. A good liver cleanse would help. After taking a thorough medical history, I like to get a complete digestive stool analysis (CDSA) to determine the underlying cause of maldigestion and malabsorption.
For more information on digestion and absorption check out Module 2. Plus there’s an example of a CDSA in the bonus section.