Malabsorption and Digestive Problems

Medium-chain fatty acids are digested differently from other fats. Many digestive and metabolic health conditions can be treated with medium-chain fatty acids. They have been used consistently in hospital and baby formulas.

What makes the digestion of these fatty acids different? MCFA molecules are smaller and require less energy and fewer enzymes to break them down for digestion. They are digested and absorbed quickly and with negligible effort.

The medium-chain fatty acids are broken down almost immediately by enzymes in the saliva and gastric juices. Therefore, fat-digesting enzymes aren’t critical and there’s less strain on the pancreas and digestive system.

People who have malabsorption and digestive problems can benefit from them. Premature and sick infants, who have underdeveloped digestive organs, are able to absorb these fatty acids. Other fats pass through these infants undigested.

Other people who can benefit from them are people with cystic fibrosis, and people who have Crohn’s disease, diabetes, gallbladder disease, pancreatitis, pancreatic insufficiency, obesity, and some forms of cancer.

Your body doesn’t function as well when it’s older. The pancreas doesn’t make as many digestive enzymes. The intestine doesn’t absorb nutrients as well. The digestion and elimination processes move at a slower rate. Therefore, vitamin and mineral deficiency is a problem. Medium-chain fatty acids should; therefore, be added to the older person’s diet because they are easy to digest, and improve vitamin and mineral deficiency. An easy way to do this is by cooking your meals in coconut oil.

Voluptuary under the Horrors of Digestion, Published in 1792
Voluptuary under the Horrors of Digestion, Published in 1792

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