Some causative factors
- Antioxidant nutrient deficiency
- Free radical attack.
Promising nutritional research
To test the hypothesis that acute pancreatitis is a free radical disease, selenium injections were given to 8 acute cases in a randomized clinical study. No patients died in this group, whereas 89 (89%) of patients in the control group died.
Kuklinski B et al: Akute Pankreatitis – eine free radical disease. Letalitatssenkung durch Natriumselenit-Therapie. Z gesamte Inn Med 46(5):145-149, 1991.
In a 20-week double-blind trial using daily supplements of selenium (600 ug), beta-carotene (9,000 iu), vitamin C (540 mg), vitamin E (270 iu) and methionine (2 g) on recurrent pancreatitis, a number of biochemical markers were normalized, particularly those relating to oxidative stress. Uden S et al: Antioxidant therapy for recurrent pancreatitis: biochemical profiles in a placebo-controlled trial. Aliment Pharmacol Ther 6(2):229-40, 1992.
Of 330 acute pancreatitis sufferers treated with selenium, there were only 8 deaths, and complications occurred only if the selenium treatment was begun too late
Kuklinski B et al: Letalitatssenkung der akuten Pankreatitis mit Natriumselenit. Klinische Resultate einer vierjahrigen Antioxidanzientherapie. Med Klin 90 Suppl 1:36-41, 1995.
Information compiled by Linda Lazarides
Naturopathic Nutritionist, Author, Educator