Before discussing pancreatic elastase deficiency, it helps to know a little about the pancreas. The pancreas is a digestive gland, found deep in the middle of the body. It’s quite a large, feather-shaped gland that connects to different parts of the digestive system, including the small intestine.
The pancreas produces several different enzymes that help digest food properly. The stomach plays the principal role in pre-digesting food. The stomach turns food into a milky substance called chyme, which enters the small intestine. Chyme stimulates the secretion of pancreatic enzymes into the small intestine. These enzymes facilitate proper digestion of protein, carbohydrates, and fats.
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Elastase is one of the digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas. Pancreatic elastase can be easily measured through a simple stool test or as part of a comprehensive stool analysis. A normal level of elastase is between 200 and 500 micrograms/gram. Vegans, vegetarians, or other people who don’t eat a lot of meat will have low levels of elastase in their stool. Nothing wrong with that, it just means that they’re not secreting as much elastase because they’re not eating the highly acidic foods that meat-eaters do.
People often come to see me with bloating and gas when their pancreatic elastase level is between 100 and 200. Sometimes these clients also have pain in the center of their abdomen that radiates through to the back. Other symptoms that can accompany elastase deficiency are nausea, vomiting, oily stools, and terrible cramping pain.
Good health requires proper levels of pancreatic elastase. Causes of elastase deficiency include a low-quality diet, nutritional deficiencies, inadequate chewing, and certain medications.
There are ways of improving the function of your pancreas. Digestive enzymes can help. If you are concerned about the function of your pancreas, see a naturopath or a nutrition-friendly doctor to discuss digestive enzymes. You can also consider using one of my products, CanXida Restore. This product is quite helpful for people with elastase problems.
I have had many clients with low pancreatic elastase improve significantly after taking CanXida Restore. The clients take a dose at lunch and again with the evening meal. After about five to six weeks of treatment with CanXida Restore, the elastase levels would start to increase.