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I have inflamed vocal cords, along with silent acid reflux.

Q. Dear Terry, “I was told last week by my doctor that I have inflamed vocal cords, along with silent acid reflux. Is there anything else I can do to help speed up the healing?” — Darlene K., Gresham, OR

A. Dear Darlene, I would first recommend adding boswellia to your daily regimen. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of health conditions. I recommend taking 500 mg of boswellia twice daily.

It’s important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. You also want a boswellia extract that includes high levels of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.

When it comes to addressing the acid reflux, you may want to consider taking d-limonene and sea buckthorn oil. Sea buckthorn has been clinically studied for healing ulcers and other gastric lining inflammation that can also cause heartburn, and d-limonene has been studied for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This combination is also very soothing to the mucosa of the digestive tract. I recommend taking these two ingredients twice daily. Be patient, as it may take a month or two to see improvements.

Healthy Regards! 

Terry . . . Naturally


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