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Malabsorption Syndrome


Malabsorption Syndrome occurs when a person cannot properly absorb nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from food. Digestion and absorption both have an impact on a person's ability to absorb nutrients properly.


  • A false-positive may be a result of your body containing olestra and fat substitute. Be sure to let your doctor know before you take any tests.
  • Chronic Pancreatic Disease can lead to malabsorption and can cause nerve damage.
  • Corticosteroids, cholestyramine, sulfasalazine, and antibiotics can cause a disruption in the way your body absorbs nutrients.
  • Malabsorption can be caused by cancer drugs, pancreatic insufficiency, and problems with intestinal and gastric surgeries where medical help is needed to repair the problem.
Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Importance: High
Comments: Helps with absorption of nutrients. Nondairy formula is recommended.

Vitamin B complex
Importance: High
Comments: Provides lacking B vitamins. Injections under a physician's care are recommended. If injections are unavailable, sublingual form is good.

Vitamin B12
Importance: High
Comments: Aids in digestive process. Protects against anemia.

Liver extract
Importance: High
Comments: Provides B vitamins and other needed nutrients.

Vitamin B12
Importance: High
Comments: Lozenge, sublingual, or spray form is recommended.

Free-form amino acid complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Malabsorption keeps proteins from being converted into amino acids which are necessary for healthy functioning of all body systems.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps with digestive process. Helps heal digestive tract. Liquid form is recommended.

Vitamin C
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Boosts immune system. Helps with absorption of nutrients. Buffered powder form is recommended.

Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Alfalfa, dandelion root, fennel seed, ginger, and nettle
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps the body to absorb minerals.

Peppermint and Aloe Vera
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps Digestion

Black Pepper
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps Digestion and absorbing nutrients.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Lowers inflammation in the colon and mucous membranes.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps the liver, colon, and pancreas function.
Cautions: Do not use if pregnant, allergic to ragweed or internally for more than a week.

Irish Moss and Rhubarb
Type: Internal
Purposes: Helps support the colon.

Yellow Dock
Type: Internal
Purposes: Enhances the liver and colon functions.


  • After a few months if you have not seen any improvements contact your doctor.
  • Avoid white rice, shellfish, meats, junk foods, candy and potato chips.
  • Call a doctor if diarrhea lasts for more than 3 days.
  • Do not eat or drink products with caffeine.
  • Do not use laxatives.
  • Drink 8 glasses of water a day.
  • Eat papaya seeds after meals.
  • Make sure your diet is a high complex carbohydrates and low in fats.
  • No citrus fruits.