Papaya Fruit for GERD patients (?)

emelissa apoli Community Member November 22, 2007
  • I have been suffering from GERD almost 8 years ago. I had been to endoscopy procedure for 2x, luckily, i have no ulcer yet. The medicines are expensive and it is really giving me discomfort, worst, i am losing weight! I am a petite lady and gaining weight is a hardwork. Because of this, I did some research to look for natural medicine and one of the articles i browsed in the internet was about papaya fruit. It(http://www.pennherb.com/pennherb/info/scan55.html) suggested that papaya can ease GERD patients' lives. Since then, I ate chunks of fresh papaya fruit every after meal. And in my observation, everytime I feel my saliva started to taste sour (more acidic) which in my case, the start of acid reflux. (I hate the taste of that yellowish acid from my tummy!), I will eat some chunks of papaya fruit, then after 2 minutes, I feel better.

     

    I am not sure if the fruit really helped me, or it is a psychological thing. That I believe in the wonder of this fruit, that it will help me manage my GERD. One factor I am considering is that, I am prone to stress, and worries too much. If I get too excited, or depressed, the acid reflux will start.

     

     

4 Comments
  • Anonymous
    Sunflowers
    Apr. 25, 2009
    Thx. for sharing I just heard about papaya for gerd in pill formula I have gerd also and after taking prolosec for a year its seems to be getting worse i feel sick to the stomach after i eat and if i take to long to eat i now have applied papaya enzymes to my daily intake after meals and in a few minutes after chewing two tablets i feel better for a while then...
    RHMLucky777
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    Thx. for sharing I just heard about papaya for gerd in pill formula I have gerd also and after taking prolosec for a year its seems to be getting worse i feel sick to the stomach after i eat and if i take to long to eat i now have applied papaya enzymes to my daily intake after meals and in a few minutes after chewing two tablets i feel better for a while then it comes back, i know a lady that takes 900 mgm of papaya and she said her gerd was just about sympton free after taking prolosec and nexuim for her gerd she purchase me some, i will let you know the outcome. God bless Sandra
    • Anonymous
      Pati
      Dec. 31, 2012

      I have "silent reflux"  and nothing is helping me.  I hear some say Prilosec works while others say it makes it worse.  I have been dealing with this now for 1 yr with no let up...5 different types of doctors.  I heard the sphincter flap at the base of the esphagus is the culprit.  May have to have operation I have read.  I hope...

      RHMLucky777

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      I have "silent reflux"  and nothing is helping me.  I hear some say Prilosec works while others say it makes it worse.  I have been dealing with this now for 1 yr with no let up...5 different types of doctors.  I heard the sphincter flap at the base of the esphagus is the culprit.  May have to have operation I have read.  I hope not...but I suffer during day, not at night.  Its like glue and a faucet in my larynx, throat.  Any suggestions?  Thanks

    • robichris
      Jan. 01, 2013

      You don't say what symptoms you are experiencing.

      "Silent" reflux usually means you do not experience the normal burning sensation of the acid (i.e. heartburn).

       

      If you are experiencing acid reflux, you may tackle to acid or the reflux (or both).

      Prilosec (oemprazole) is a Proton Pump Inhibitor that reduces the amount of acid your stomach produces, thus...

      RHMLucky777

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      You don't say what symptoms you are experiencing.

      "Silent" reflux usually means you do not experience the normal burning sensation of the acid (i.e. heartburn).

       

      If you are experiencing acid reflux, you may tackle to acid or the reflux (or both).

      Prilosec (oemprazole) is a Proton Pump Inhibitor that reduces the amount of acid your stomach produces, thus reducing any symptoms caused by acid attack and preventing further acid erosion of the esophagus. This is far more effective than the "natural" remedies which may provide temporary relief but do not tackle the root cause of the problem - too much acid production.

       

      Frequent acid reflux must be tackled or it can cause cellular mutations in some people: metaplasia, dysplasia and neoplasia leading to adenocarcinoma (that's cancer!).

       

      Lifestyle changes are the first suggestion to reducing reflux but failing that, the operation you've heard of is fundoplication. I have had this. For me, it worked well and was the best thing I did.

  • JB
    JB
    Nov. 27, 2007

    Thank you for the SharePost emelissa.

     

    For those of you who do not know, the papaya fruit mainly comes from tropical America and west Africa.

     

    The fruit contains and enzyme called papain which can tenderize meat (you may see it as an ingredient on meat tenderizer you buy at the supermarket).

     

    That same enzyme also seems to ease indigestion for some...

    RHMLucky777

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    Thank you for the SharePost emelissa.

     

    For those of you who do not know, the papaya fruit mainly comes from tropical America and west Africa.

     

    The fruit contains and enzyme called papain which can tenderize meat (you may see it as an ingredient on meat tenderizer you buy at the supermarket).

     

    That same enzyme also seems to ease indigestion for some people.

    But indigestion and acid reflux disease are not the same thing.

    Indigestion (which is medically known as dyspepsia) is often characterized by pain and discomfort in the upper abdomen, fullness in the stomach and nausea after eating.

     

    Up to half of acid reflux disease sufferers have dyspepsia, but you can have dyspepsia without acid reflux disease.

     

    As to your question emelissa, stress may have some effect on acid reflux symptoms. Our expert, Tracy Davenport, wrote a post about that. Read it here:

    Psychological Distress Increases Acid Reflux Severity

     

    If anyone is curious about papaya to relieve indigestion, you can find recipes using the fruit at FoodFit.com. Here are a two:

    Papaya Smoothie

    Spring Fruit Salad