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   Posted 4/8/2001 3:15 PM (GMT -4)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Help. Ive had my gallbladder removed and am looking for a very good digestive enzyme. The problem with most I have seen is that they stimulate the secretion of bile and many of them caution gallbladderless people from taking them. Does anyone know of a good one that helps people w/o a gb? Help greatly appreciated.
PAUL CLEVELAND

::Digestive aids which contain actual enzymes, bacteria, or bacterial foods should not be a problem for those without a gallbladder. Some of these ingredients are: Bromelain, papain, amylase, lactase, lipase, cellulase, trypsin, chymotrypsin, pancreatin, bifido bacteria, lactobacillus, fructo-oligosaccharides. Two ingredients which stimulate bile excretion and should probably not be used are: black radish and artichoke.::
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   Posted 7/3/2001 8:53 PM (GMT -4)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
Tom,

What type of supplementation is generally appropriate for people who have had their gallbladders removed? Would ox bile (which is often found in digestive aids) be of benefit?

Harry Hirsute

::This makes sense to me. The bile fluid is used mainly for the digestion of fats. After the gallbladder is removed there is temporarily no reservior in which a large supply of bile can build up. Thus, it is important to keep the fat content of meals to a minimum and actually best to eat many smaller meals (go into healthy snacking mode). After some time the action of the pressure of bile being produced (from the liver) and the bile duct being closed except when fat is sensed in the alimentary tract, will cause a small pouch to be formed in the bile tube which will essentially replace the old gallbladder.::
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   Posted 7/8/2001 1:16 PM (GMT -4)    Quote This PostAlert An Admin About This Post.
>::After some time the action of the pressure
>of bile being produced (from the liver) and the bile
>duct being closed except when fat is sensed in the
>alimentary tract, will cause a small pouch to be formed
>in the bile tube which will essentially replace the old
>gallbladder.::

Tom,

Based on your explanation, it seems as though ox bile supplementation would only be of use during the period directly following the removal of the gallbladder. Afterwards, the small pouch will satisfactorally fulfill the responsibilities of the excised gallbladder. Am I interpreting this correctly?

::That would be correct, but I really have no idea how long it will take the small pouch to form and if it forms adequately for everyone. Also it will not be adequate if you eat large fat meals, so you should still afterwards keep your meals and fat content small.::

Would this still hold true if a gallbladderless person was supplementing with EFAs? Would their bodies be able to derive all of the goodness that theyre seeking or should they consider ox bile supplementation if theyre eating a high EFA diet or using EFA supplements?

::It all depends on how much they take at once. A few grams of supplementation should not be a problem *if* it is not taken with a heap of fat from the meal.::
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