Tricarballylate (tricarb) is derived from dietary carbohydrates. It binds magnesium very tightly and prevents absorption, leading to magnesium deficiency.
Tricarballylate (tricarb) is produced by a strain of aerobic bacteria that quickly repopulates in the gut. As its name implies, tricarb contains three carboxylic acid groups.
Elevated levels may be due to an overgrowth of intestinal bacteria. This organic acid binds very tightly to magnesium, possibly zinc and calcium and may induce a deficiency in these important minerals. The bacterium that produces this element is also very fast growing and may cause numerous vitamin and mineral deficiencies. As it may interfere with carbohydrate absorption, a diet low in carbohydrates is suggested.
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