Gastroesophageal reflux is the term for what happens when part of the stomach’s contents – especially highly acidic gastric juices - travel back up the oesophagus. This disorder causes what is referred to as heartburn (though it is actually oesophagus burn). If it persists over the long-term, the consequences can be more serious: since the oesophagus wall is unable to withstand the acidity, it results in chronic inflammation with the potential for more serious damage (particularly ulcers).
What could be masked by the symptoms?
The symptoms of gastric acidity may seem harmless but they can sometimes mask or lead to a gastric ulcer. It is therefore very important to treat reflux as soon as it develops. Heartburn can cause other symptoms such as a chronic cough, a husky voice, digestive problems, inflammation with lesions (ulcers or wounds), narrowing of the oesophagus (peptic stenosis), problems swallowing, laryngospasm and even cancer of the oesophagus.
Why is reflux so difficult to treat?
Gastroesophageal reflux is a common and persistent problem which often proves resistant to conventional medicine. Most of the time, treatment involves the use of substances ranging from simple antacids (such as chewable calcium carbonate or bicarbonate tablets) to more active medications such as Maalox® or Gaviscon®, as well as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) which directly counteract the production of acid by the stomach. Another option is H2 antihistamines which by blocking certain receptors in the stomach, reduce acid secretion and thus regurgitation. These remedies are very widely used but they all involve adverse side-effects, and in particular, increase the risk of osteoporosis-induced fractures.
What are the possible causes of acid reflux?
Unfortunately, in most reflux sufferers, there is a fault in the muscle that lies between the oesophagus and the stomach, called the lower oesophageal sphincter. This muscle is only supposed to open to allow consumed food to pass through, but in the case of reflux, it opens at inappropriate times and allows gastric juices to flow back towards the oesophagus.
But this defect can also be aggravated or caused by a number of recognised factors:
- dietary allergies and errors;
- weakness in the stomach mucosa;
- hereditary predisposition;
- trauma to the stomach area;
- excess weight;
Why look to nutritional supplements to treat acid reflux?
Nutritional supplements can be really valuable in combatting acid reflux, especially when they combine substances that have been the subject of rigorous scientific scrutiny. Such is the case with Anti-Acid Reflux Formula, a natural remedy for acid reflux which contains the following ingredients:
Potassium carbonate and bicarbonate
Easy to absorb, effective and inexpensive, these are used as standard therapy for neutralising excess acidity. Commercially-available antacids often contain calcium carbonate and it is often thought that it is the calcium which provides the antacid effect, whereas in actual fact, it is the carbonates which have alkalinising properties that combat gastric hyperacidity.
It’s no coincidence that liquorice is traditionally used to treat digestive problems. Studies show that it stimulates production of mucous by the stomach and boosts its natural protection against digestive secretions and certain drugs - provided it is free of glycyrrhizic acid (a compound that can raise blood pressure). This is indeed the case with the extract in Anti-Acid Reflux Formula and in DGL
, a supplement designed to relieve dyspepsia.
Other research has shown that deglycyrrhizinated liquorice (DGL) prevents Helicobacter pylori bacteria, the principal cause of peptic ulcers, from adhering to the stomach wall, an effect similar to that of Pylori Fight
. Another study of around 100 subjects showed that DGL also has an anti-ulcer effect comparable to that of Tagamet ®, a type 2 antihistamine. Lastly, it is also known to stimulate growth of gastric and intestinal mucosa cells, while increasing blood flow and reducing muscle spasms.
This is a bioavailable and highly active form of magnesium which helps prevent oesophageal and stomach muscles from contracting.
This equal parts combination of zinc and carnosine works synergistically. The zinc helps modify secretion of cytokines and combats intestinal inflammation and impairment of the stomach’s immune defences. For its part, the L-Carnosine maximises zinc’s activity at the site of inflammation and in particular, enables it to adhere to gastric mucosa cells. It is also found in the supplement Zinc L-carnosine 37.5 mg
Extract of orange peel (D-limonene)
Currently the subject of extensive research, D-limonene is a monoterpene compound found abundantly in the peel of citrus fruits (oranges, mandarins, lemons …). Apart from its fruity fragrance, it is recognised for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and muscle-relaxant properties, while the latest research shows it is able to induce apoptosis and thus has an anti-tumour effect. It also stimulates gastric motility and protects against ulcers.
Red elm (Ulmus fulva)
Long-used by Native Americans to treat irritation and inflammation of the digestive tract, this plant was subsequently adopted by European colonialists. Today, its bark is known to contain a large amount of mucilage which primarily accounts for its therapeutic virtues.
Why choose Anti-Acid Reflux Formula?
There are three main advantages to choosing this nutritional approach to treating acid reflux and reducing its associated risks:
- all the ingredients included in this formulation are from natural sources;
- the effects of each of them are well-documented by science;
- they complement each other synergistically, and so constitute an optimal reflux remedy.
It’s thought that between 20% and 30% of Western populations may be affected by acid reflux and most of them ignore their condition. Yet in the long term, this decision may prove very costly to their health! Taking Anti-Acid Reflux Formula will not only improve day-to-day symptoms (at least in terms of heartburn and cough) but it will also prevent the development of ulcers, cancer and chronic inflammation.
Where reflux is more resistant, it may be advisable to combine it with digestive enzymes that are free from protease (which irritates the stomach), as well as with probiotics that contain at least 5 billion active organisms (especially Lactobacillus acidofilus bifidus
) or a curcuma supplement such as Super Curcuma
CompositionAnti-Acid Reflux Formula
|Daily dose: 3 capsules
Number of doses per pack: 30
|Extract of red elm 10:1
||250 mg |
||250 mg |
|Extract of liquorice 10:1
||200 mg |
||150 mg |
||40 mg |
||11 mg |
||14 mg |
||23 mg |
|Ellagic acid (from 125mg of pomegranate extract standardised to 40% ellagic acid)
||50 mg |
| Ohter ingredients: acacia gum, rice flour
Directions for useAnti-Acid Reflux Formula
adults. Take 3 capsules a day.
Gut flora, or intestinal microbiota, describes the collection of microorganisms that live in the intestines and stomach. While they play an essential role in the body’s digestion and defences, some of these microorganisms may also be responsible for persistent problems such as the microbial strain Helicobacter pylori.
What is Helicobacter pylori infection?
This bacteria lives exclusively in the human stomach and is the only known bacteria able to survive and grow in such an acid environment. It is thought that 80% of gastro-duodenal ulcers are caused by H. pylori infections, even though in most cases (70-80%), the infection is asymptomatic. Over the long term, however, it induces a range of symptoms such as fatigue and chronic gastric discomfort, as well as chronic inflammation of the stomach and diseases such as stomach cancer – indeed it is believed to be responsible for 60-90% of gastric cancers. Given these estimates, it is possible that Helicobacter pylori claims more lives each year than road accidents, since stomach cancer is especially deadly. Migraines, Parkinson’s disease, cardiovascular problems and certain immune diseases have also been linked to Helicobacter pylori infection. It is clearly a significant problem given that 25% of Western populations are thought to be infected.
How can you tell if you have been infected by Helicobacter pylori?
Diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori infection includes tests for antigens in stools or antibodies in blood, urea breath tests and endoscopic biopsies if your doctor advises it.
How can you get rid of H. Pylori infection?
H. pylori is a resilient strain which can be difficult to eliminate: due to what seems to be increasing resistance, it may respond poorly to antibiotics, the only treatment offered by conventional medicine. It is responsible for most cases of heartburn, gastritis and gastric ulcers, the seriousness of which is well-established. The good news is that scientists have recently discovered the properties of a bacterial strain called , and more specifically the inactivated strain DMS 17648, isolated and patented by the Germany company Organo Balance. This strain has proved very effective at fighting Helicobacter pylori, without the disadvantages of conventional antibiotics. It has the particular feature of coagulating in the stomach by forming co-aggregates with the Helicobacter pylori bacteria, thus decreasing the toxic load in the stomach and reducing the risk of developing gastritis or a gastrointestinal ulcer. It is the only strain among 700 different strains of probiotic to be recognised as the specific antagonist of Helicobacter pylori.
What are its advantages over antibiotics?
Once coagulation has taken place in the stomach, the resulting aggregate is excreted by the body via the digestive tract. Gut flora therefore remains unaffected, contrary to the effects of a typical three-week course of antibiotics. Furthermore, H. Pylori Fight does not cause diarrhea or taste disorders unlike antibiotics which are not specific treatments for eliminating Helicobacter pylori.
What benefits does this strain have compared with other probiotic strains?
This particular strain offers a three-fold advantage over others:
- it is completely stable even at room temperature as it is composed of inactivated cells that are resistant to fluctuations in the environment;
- it is the only strain to offer 100% specificity in terms of fighting Helicobacter pylori, and in addition, it relieves chronic gastric discomfort, vomiting, gastrointestinal pain, acid reflux, digestion-related nausea, sluggish or painful digestion, bloating, cramps and heartburn;
- it can withstand the acid environment of the stomach.
The properties of Lactobacillus reuteri have been investigated in two clinical studies. In one, a dose of 250mg a day was tested against placebo for a period of two weeks. The other was a blind study (in which participants did not know whether they were taking the probiotic or the placebo), using the same dose. In both cases, researchers observed a significant decrease in the toxic load of Helicobacter pylori in infected subjects.Together, these digestion-related benefits make H. Pylori Fight an essential supplement for improving stomach problems and preventing the diseases associated with Helicobacter pylori. It constitutes a rare, natural treatment for eliminating Helicobacter pylori infection. Once eradicated, reinfection is rare. Treatment can therefore be considered definitive but it can be prolonged with the use of the formulation to facilitate digestion, and the supplement to protect the gastric mucosa from future infection.
CompositionH. Pylori Fight 100 mg
|Daily dose: 2 capsules
Number of doses per pack: 30
|Pylopass™ (Lactobacillus reuteri)
||200 mg |
| Other ingredients: Acacia gum, rice bran. |
Directions for useH. Pylori Fight 100 mg
Adults. Take 2 capsules a day.
Each capsule contains 100mg of Pylopass™.