Q. Dear Terry, “I would like to know if I can substitute anything natural for Barrett's esophagus besides the Prilosec. The Prilosec causes so many unpleasant side effects.” – Lula J., Albany, GA
A. Dear Lula, Barrett’s esophagus is thought to be caused by chronic exposure to stomach acid that changes the lining of the esophagus. The stomach acid is irritating and contributes to chronic inflammation in the area as well. Prescription and over-the-counter medications may work by decreasing or neutralizing our stomach acid. This can be helpful in the short-term, but our stomach acid is necessary for many digestive functions. Stomach acid helps us break down food and also protects us from harmful bacteria.
One of the best ingredients to fight stomach acid regurgitation (heartburn) naturally is d-limonene. This clinically tested component of citrus oil is found in oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes. Although citrus fruits are typically associated with causing heartburn, d-limonene has been shown to help stop it.
Sea buckthorn is another important botanical ingredient for heartburn and works synergistically with d-limonene. It has a protective effect on the stomach and actually helps prevent and heal gastric ulcers. It soothes the mucosa in the digestive tract. Oils from the pulp and seeds of sea buckthorn are equally important. I prefer a sea buckthorn that has pulp and seed oil, plus phytosterols, tocopherols, and carotenoids.
I would take these ingredients two or three times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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