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Heartburn is a burning sensation and pain in the stomach and / or chest.  It occurs when the stomach acid, hydrochloric acid, backs up into the esophagus.  Normally, the esophagus sphincter muscles serve to keep food from moving backwards.  When the sphincter relaxes too much or not functioning properly, it allows the stomach acid to move from the stomach into esophagus, irritating the sensitive tissues there.  This condition is also called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). 

Heartburn usually occurs one or two hours after eating can be aggravated by eating too much or lying down after a large meal.  Certain drugs and chemicals can also make the sphincter muscles relax, such as cigarette smoke, alcohol, high fat food, chocolate and caffeine.

Heartburn is a common ailment and is often treated with antacids or drugs that suppress the production of stomach acids, such as cimetidine, famotidiine, ranitidine.  However, long term use of these medications may damage the stomach lining and increase the risk of benign and malignant tumors.  They may also mask a more serious underlying problem.  A person who needs to consume antacids several times in a week should consult a physician for proper diagnosis.

Heartburn can be prevented by consuming small, more frequent meals, avoidance of fatty food, spicy food and acidic foods, and cutting down the consumption of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin, ibuprofen).  Some food supplements are also known to relieve heartburn or prevent it in the first place.


Dietary supplements for heartburn:

Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL)

Licorice root helps to accelerate the healing of intestinal ulcers.  It is anti-inflammatory and soothing to mucous membranes.  DGL (deglycrrhizinated) is a special kind of licorice used specifically for heartburn and acid reflux.  Long term use of licorice may increase blood pressure. 


Pancreatin, Bromelain

These are enzymes needed for proper digestion of food.  They also have anti-inflammatory effect.  Pancreatin is derived from pancreas and bromelain is an enzyme extracted from pineapple.


Calcium and magnesium

Calcium and magnesium are alkalizing agents that bind up stomach acid.  Taking these between meals relieves heartburn and acid reflux.


Aloe gel / juice

Aloe contains active ingredients mucopolysaccharides.  These special sugars help heal ulcers and inflamed intestinal wall.  The best aloe product for heartburn is the freeze dried powder in capsules.


Now Foods, DGL with L-Glycine

Now Foods, Super Enzymes Caps

New Chapter, Aloe Vera 200

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