As long as there have been illnesses there have been “natural remedies” reported to cure them. This is also the case with Acid Reflux or GERD . There are several items that have been touted as the next remedy for GERD. A few of the most popular include; apple cider vinegar, peppermint tea, papaya enzymes, slippery elm bark and probiotics.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular “natural remedies” for GERD. It proponents claim that it will neutralize stomach acid when taken internally. Unfortunately there is no scientific research to back up this claim. In fact, the science would tend to indicate that, at best, it may produce a “placebo effect”. At worst apple cider vinegar could increase the problem because it is highly acidic. The main ingredient in apple cider vinegar is acetic acid which has the potential to damage tooth enamel and burn the esophagus.
With all the talk of throat cancer, let's call it the "Michael Dougles effect", the release of new information on the effect of heartburn on throat cancer is comes in a timely manner. According to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention frequent heartburn episodes are associated with a 78% increased risk of throat and vocal cord cancers ( 1 ). What was different about this study is that the results were controlled for smoking, as well as alcohol intake. Which means that these volunteer participants did not report any history of smoking or drinking. Both of which are also considered risk factors for throat cancer. The one factor that seemed to be the most protective, even ahead of prescription medications and home heartburn remedies, was taking antacids. It was so protective in fact that it reduced the overall risk of throat cancer to only 41% which is a whopping 38% difference. Antacids continued to provide some protection even i...
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