Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pregnancy-induced gastroparesis and molybdenum-containing foods

In the paper on my theory about sulfite accumulation being linked to "morning sickness," I mention that endogenous hydrogen sulfide not only keeps uterine muscles from contracting, but also might be responsible for relaxing and slowing down muscles in the gastrointestinal tract.

There is a medical disorder called "gastroparesis" that basically means the stomach empties slowly. Its symptoms are very similar to typical "morning sickness" symptoms; they include heartburn, bloating, nausea, vomiting, and feeling full too soon. For severe cases of gastroparesis, the short-term recommended diet is saltine crackers, Gatorade, and bouillon. Sound familiar? Saltines and Gatorade are common diet recommendations for "morning sickness" sufferers. I think that morning sickness is probably pregnancy-induced gastroparesis.

Unfortunately, the longer-term diet recommendations for gastroparesis specifically exclude pulses, whole grains, nuts, milk cream, and green fibrous vegetables. Guess what? Those are the foods that are high in molybdenum. So if a pregnant woman, in trying to not suffer from her slowed-down stomach and small intestine, eats a gastroparesis-friendly diet, she's is almost certainly going to become deficient in molybdenum. And if she is deficient in molybdenum, then she will suffer from sulfite accumulation in her abdomen. No wonder women suffer so much from "morning sickness." The foods that have the molybdenum they need are far less palatable during pregnancy. It seems that women with slow stomach emptying during pregnancy can best keep their molybdenum levels up by 1) taking vitamins with molybdenum and 2) sipping barley water (it is less "bulky" than oat water but still has high molybdenum content).

This is a bit of a jump, but perhaps gastroparesis sufferers would have less nausea if they increased their molybdenum intake. Are there any gastroparesis sufferers out there who have tried molybdenum supplements and seen any difference in their symptoms? If so, please comment and share your experience.

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