Ease gallbladder attacks with Beano?

This post is for information purposes only. I am not a doctor. I am just telling you a true story based on my real life experiences.

I recently had my gallbladder removed after several years of not being able to eat certain types of foods without severe pain. I was scheduled to have it removed about 1 year ago, but another health issue arose which caused me to have to postpone it until that issue was resolved.

I always had a lot of gas from eating no matter what it was or how much. This is fairly common with gallbladder problems. To combat the problem I tried Beano. I would take three before each meal. The amazing thing is that I quit having gallbladder attacks immediately. I continued to take them and did not have an attack for 1 full year while taking the beano. I could even eat some of the foods that caused me problems before with no problems while on the beano.

Toward the end of last year I decided to go ahead and have the gallbladder surgery again as the beano was not a cure for my problem, but only helped with some of the painful symptoms. I’m happy to report that I am now completely back to normal with my gallbladder removed and no longer take the beano.

A coworker was describing her fathers symptoms to me one day not long ago and I remarked how it sounded just like what I had going on prior to my surgery. She said that he would not go to the doctor because he did not have insurance. I told her about the Beano and how it had helped me make it through a whole year without any attacks. She said that she was going to get some for him and have him try it. I ran into her today and asked how he was doing. She said that he has not had one attack since he began taking the Beano. It has been about 6-8 weeks now. She did say that he takes 4 pills with each meal instead of the 3 that I took.

I was amazed to hear that her father had the same results that I did so I wanted to post them here in case it may help someone else. I am not advocating using beano in place of doing the surgery. If you think you have gallbladder problems you need to see a doctor and think about surgery. What I am trying to get across is that beano may make your life less miserable until you get the problem taken care of.

I hope this helps some of you out there. Please let me know if you have similar results or not. I would be curious to find out.

5 comments for “Ease gallbladder attacks with Beano?

  1. Gary Allhiser
    November 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Same experience as above. Also, I am not a doctor, so no one should use my comments if they run contrary to what your doctor says. I have suffered from severe gas pains within two to four hours after eating which made my gallbladder ache and my back hurt terribly. Accidentally I discovered that taking baking soda or alka selzer eliminated the pain within ten minutes. That clued me to my problem being a gas problem. I tried Beano – and not one attack or episode of discomfort since. I have adhered to a diet with very little saturated fat, while occasionally sneaking in a small treat. I know it doesn’t cure the gallbladder and gallstones, but it sure does eliminate the painful symptoms. Time will tell whether I can avoid surgery altogether, but I am hopeful that with a sensible,low-fat diet and Beano I will be able to do so. If you study the medical websites about gallbladder issues, most suggest that avoiding surgery through diet is the preferred way to go unless there are other major issues with the gallbladder (cancer, etc.). I hope this post will be helpful to you.

  2. Sarah B.
    November 26, 2010 at 1:21 am

    I’m really surprised to read this. I found this post because I’ve noticed the opposite pattern – every time I’ve tried beano, I have had a painful gallbladder attack. I wish I could say it was helping, but it seems like somehow those enzymes in beano do interact w/ digestion in a more complicated way than expected.

  3. November 26, 2010 at 10:29 am

    That’s interesting…I guess that goes to show that this stuff is not proven and everyone will have different results. Thanks for contributing.

  4. TLC
    June 29, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    While it’s true that Beano can help with digesting beans, many vegetables like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, grains, cereals, nuts, seeds, whole-grain breads; it does not have the ingredients to break down fats. The Gall Bladder is a storage vessel for liver bile. It acts as a reservoir for holding bile on its way from the liver to the intestines. The bile helps break down fats.
    The removal of the gall bladder will result in a lack of smooth flow between the Liver and the individuals fat digestion. Most individuals that have had their gall bladder removed will need to either watch their fat intake, or balance their fat with bile supplements and enzymes.
    The gallbladder is a small sac underneath your liver that stores and secretes bile, a digestive fluid that breaks down fats.
    So while Beano can help with digestion of the foods listed above, you *also* will need to take an digestive enzyme that contains the ingredients, Amylase (aids in the digestion of starches), Protease (aids with the digestion of proteins), and Lipase (aids in the digestion of fats). This last one, Lipase, is probably the most important enzyme needing to be replaced, when having gall bladder problems or removal; as the bile that the gall bladder stores, than “dumps” when we eat foods, needs to be replaced with “something” to breakdown the foods that we eat.
    I have had my gall bladder removed. I was told, like many are told by their doctors, that we do not need our gall bladder. That is simply not true. We “can” live without our gall bladder, but not without digestive problems and pain after eating a meal, especially a meal that contains fats. Make sure you add a wide range of digestive enzymes to your meals. There are many products out there that have ALL the enzymes that we need for proper digestion. Unfortunately, Beano only has the enzymes that break down beans, certain vegetables, grains, etc. but NOT the enzymes that you need to break down fats. For me, and as I have leaned from much research…fats=pain.

  5. June 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for your comment on this topic. I have since had my gallbladder out and have no issues with any kind of food. I do not take any supplements to help with digestion and I do not have any pain when I eat fatty foods. I guess that this varies from person to person just like the beano may help some and not others. I d o not think there is one scenario that fits everyone because each case may be slightly different for one reason or the other. Thanks agin for sharing your experience, maybe this information will help someone else.

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