Don't Bother With Vitamins If A Beer Is Your Weekly Friend
Just a sip of alcohol every now and then damages the pancreas so it cannot absorb vitamin C, biotin, thiamin and other nutrients, and when your pancreas cannot absorb these vitamins, pancreatitis and other pancreatic diseases ensue, says a study in the American Journal of Physiology--Cell Physiology.
The pancreas is part of sugar processing and digestion: it supplies digestive and metabolic enzymes; it makes the hormone insulin needed for shuttling sugar into muscle tissue for energy. With an organ damaged by alcohol, digestive problems, malnutrition and diabetes creep in.
Risk manifests in about 10 years and increases with the amount of alcohol consumed, Fred Gorelick, MD, Yale University, said. At highest risk are chronic abusers. Additional research observes the pancreas is highly vitamin dependent, says Hamid Said, PhD, of the University of California, Irvine. Dr Said says alcohol interferes with biotin and thiamin absorption by the pancreatic cells.
Reducing vitamin C damages cellular activity. “This may sensitize the pancreas to a secondary insult, predisposing it to the development of pancreatitis and other pancreatic diseases,” he said.REFERENCE
Veedamali S Subramanian, Padmanabhan Srinivasan, Hamid M Said. Uptake of ascorbic acid by pancreatic acinar cells is negatively impacted by chronic alcohol exposure. American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology, 2016; ajpcell.00042.2016 DOI: 10.1152/ajpcell.00042.2016