Chronic pancreatitis can be acute or chronic, and can cause bleeding in areas close to the pancreas. This can be caused by excess alcohol intake and the predominant symptom of this condition is the presence of oil in the stool.
Pancreatitis is a condition in which the pancreas, which produces enzymes and hormone insulin for digestion, suffers from inflammation which reduces the capacity of the pancreas to absorb nutrients from food products and provide them to the body. The condition can be acute or chronic, and can cause bleeding in the area close to the pancreas. Chronic pancreatitis can be caused by excess alcohol intake and the predominant symptom of this condition is the presence of oil in the stool. This can lead to severe medical conditions such as intestinal obstruction, fluid accumulation in the pancreas, diabetes, mal absorption and malnutrition.
Surgery and drug therapy are given for the treatment of pancreatitis and in severe cases can be life threatening. It has been found that antioxidants help in getting rid of free radicals which are harmful cells. Sometimes chronic pancreatitis is caused by low levels of antioxidants in the blood and Vitamins A, C, E, selenium and carotenoids are components that contribute to high antioxidants. Food products high in minerals and vitamins are ideal for chronic pancreatitis patients.
Food products to avoid for the prevention of chronic pancreatitis
- Food products that can cause allergies such as milk and dairy products should be eliminated from the diet. Wheat contains gluten which can cause allergies. Soy, preservatives, corn and chemicals are added to certain food products and can cause allergies.
- Don’t drink alcohol.
- Reduce the intake of meat and non-vegetarian food.
- Processed foods such as bread, pasta and sugar should be avoided.
- Reduce the intake of trans-fatty acids found in cakes, cookies, onion rings, processed foods, margarine and crackers.
- Drink caffeinated coffee, stimulants, tobacco and alcohol should be avoided.
Patients suffering from chronic pancreatitis should take a low-fat diet and stay away from alcohol. A person should take easy to digest food items to prevent severe stomach conditions and if a person has high triglyceride levels; one must be extra careful to avoid complications. Regular exercise and staying away from stress are very helpful in recovering from medical ailments.
The following items can be included in the diet
- Drink a good amount of water during the day.
- One can take herbal drinks such as green tea, tea made from holy basil or extracts of holy basil can be taken.
- Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea), Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum) and Indian Gooseberry (Emblica officinalis) should be taken daily because they are high in antioxidants. It is the richest source of vitamin C. According to animal studies it has been found to be effective in treating pancreatitis.
- Grape seed extract can be taken to increase antioxidants in the body.
- Ginger root (Zingiber officinale) is also high in antioxidants and can be taken in green tea.
- Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) and Chinese cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum) are commonly used in various cooking preparations and are effective in treating pancreatitis.
- Foods high in iron and B vitamins should be taken such as green leafy vegetables and sea vegetables.
- Food products like blueberries, tomatoes, cherries should be taken.
- Olive oil or vegetable oil should be taken for cooking.
- A person should eat small meals and eat frequently rather than taking a heavy three meal diet.