Phenylacetate is produced from bacterial degradation of unabsorbed phenylalanine.
In health, beneficial intestinal bacteria produce some B-vitamins and provide stimulus for proper immune function. However, if your stomach acid is not adequate, if you fail to digest protein, or if your diet does not supply sufficient fiber, the resulting overgrowth of unfavorable bacteria can release toxic products that your body must remove. These toxic products include: Phenylacetate.
• Malabsorption of phenylalanine
• Hypochlorhydria and/or Clostridia overgrowth
Additional investigations if high:
• Investigate possible causes of malabsorption
• IgG Food Sensitivity
Treatment considerations if high:
• Mucosal support
• Elimination diet
• Betaine HCl
• Digestive enzymes
Your potential to benefit from consuming extra sources of favorable
organisms (called probiotics) may go up as the number of toxic compounds and their concentrations increase.
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